‘The Crowned Clown’ gains double-digit viewership during final episode

The Crowned Clown ended its run last night on a high note as it achieved a double-digit audience share during its final episode. The series stars Yeo Jin-goo as a Joseon King who puts a clown—who looks exactly like him—on the throne amid the political upheaval and power struggle in the palace.

According to Nielsen Korea, the 16th and last episode of the historical tvN drama recorded a nationwide rating of 10.9 percent, beating the penultimate episode’s record of 9.5 %. This is the second time the series surpassed the 10% mark since it obtained a rating of 10.0% for its 13th episode on February 19. With this development, The Crowned Clown has surpassed the 10.0% viewership posted by Memories of the Alhambra in January. The latter is the first cable drama this year to exceed 10 percent in ratings.

In Seoul area, the last episode of The Crowned Clown nearly reached a 12 percent viewership. The exact figure stands at 11.8 percent, slightly smaller than Memories of the Alhambra’s peak Seoul rating of 13.6 percent.

Coming in second in the ratings race among Monday-Tuesday cable dramas is JTBC’s The Light In Your Eyes, which suffered a decline from record-breaking 6.6% in the previous episode to 5.1% in the latest episode.

Meanwhile, free-to-air dramas are maintaining their ranking positions and below-7% ratings. SBS’s Haechi and KBS2’s Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2 are still almost neck and neck in the competition, with the former getting 4.9 and 6.4 percent and the latter having 4.3 and 5.9 percent. Meanwhile, MBC’s Item is still at the bottom of the ranking, with ratings of 2.6 and 3.4 percent.


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