Mr. Sunshine, the much-awaited series from the creators of massively popular dramas Descendants of the Sun and Goblin, is off to a good start with record-breaking ratings that have never been seen before in the industry. The series’ pilot episode pulled in a whopping 8.852 percent in nationwide TV ratings according to Nielsen Korea, breaking the record made by What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (5.757 %) for the highest-rated pilot episode among cable dramas in 2018. That figure is also the highest-rated pilot episode rating in cable drama history, making Mr. Sunshine a top-rated drama as far as pilot episode viewership is concerned.
In terms of ratings in Seoul area, the number is far more impressive. Mr. Sunshine obtained an audience share of 10.636 percent, again the highest-rated pilot episode rating (Seoul area) in the history of Korean cable dramas.
Mr. Sunshine tells the story of a Korean-born American soldier (played by Lee Byung-hun) who, when he was a child, was taken to the United States in 1871 after a U.S. military expedition to Korea turned into armed conflict and killed hundreds of Koreans. He then returns to his home country later on as a US marine officer and fall in love with a young noblewoman (played by Kim Tae-ri). Rounding out the main cast of the series are Yoo Yeon-seok, Kim Min-jung, and Byun Yo-han.
Mr. Sunshine is penned by writer Kim Eun-sook and directed by PD Lee Eung-bok. It airs every Saturday and Sunday on tvN and is available for online streaming via Netflix.