After making recent headlines for its involvement in various controversies, tvN’s ongoing comedy-fantasy fusion sageuk (historical drama) Mr. Queen emerges strong by taking its spot among this year’s highest-rated cable television series.
On December 20, Mr. Queen logged in a viewership rating of 10.447%, which means that approximately 2.801 million local viewers have simultaneously tuned in to watch the drama’s fourth episode. On top of recording its personal best yet, Mr. Queen has also become the fifth cable drama in 2020 to hit the 10-percent mark, officially joining JTBC’s The World of the Married (11.882%: Episode 3) and Itaewon Class (10.716%: Episode 5), as well as tvN’s Crash Landing on You (11.349%: Episode 8) and Hospital Playlist (11.321%: Episode 5).
Mr. Queen follows the story of Jang Bong-hwan (Choi Jin-hyuk, Zombie Detective), a modern man whose spirit magically enters the body of Joseon era’s Queen Kim So-yong (Queen Cheorin) (Shin Hye-sun, Angel’s Last Mission: Love). Having been recently married to King Cheoljong (Kim Jung-hyun, Crash Landing on You), Queen So-yong suddenly begins acting like a possessed person in front of His Majesty, thereby setting the entire kingdom on a comical frenzy. The 20-part series airs every Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m. KST.
Meanwhile, another tough contender at the prime time slot is The Uncanny Counter, which successfully closed its first half by pulling in an estimated 2.66 million viewers on its eighth episode. The fantasy-thriller series has seen a weekly increase in viewership ratings before charting a record-high 9.302% on December 20. Now, The Uncanny Counter has officially replaced Voice 2 (2018) as OCN’s top-rated drama of all time.
The Uncanny Counter revolves around Counters, people with supernatural abilities who are tasked to hunt down evil spirits on Earth. While carrying out their mission, Counters try to blend in among humans by becoming employees of a noodle restaurant. The tale centers on main protagonists So Moon (Jo Byung-gyu, Hot Stove League), the youngest Counter endowed with unbelievable physical strength, and Do Ha-na (Kim Se-jeong, I Wanna Hear Your Song), a strange girl who can sense evil spirits from miles away and read somebody else’s memory by just touching them. The Saturday-Sunday drama is slated to broadcast its ninth episode on January 2, 2021, at 10:30 p.m. KST.
Source: AGB Nielsen Korea