‘The Last Empress’ records high ratings despite Choi Jin-hyuk’s absence

The Last Empress achieved double-digit viewership during its broadcast last night, notwithstanding the absence of lead actor Choi Jin-hyuk from the drama’s remaining episodes that are scheduled to air from February 20 to 21.

SBS extended the 48-episode series by four episodes. It is good news for the fans and the entire cast, except maybe for Choi Jin-hyuk, who decided not to appear in the additional episodes due to scheduling conflicts. The drama went on to broadcast yesterday the penultimate episodes, in which the actor is missing.

However, despite the recent development concerning the actor’s screen time, The Last Empress recorded national audience shares of 11.7 and 13.8 percent for its 49th and 50th episode, respectively, according to Nielsen Korea. It has sustained its double-digit viewership and managed again to take the first place in the Wednesday-Thursday time slot.

The Last Empress (also known as An Empress’ Dignity), a mystery thriller with hints of romance and action, is set in a modern-day Korea that still has its imperial family and follows a struggling musical actress, played by Jang Na-ra, whose life is changed completely after she marries the young emperor, played by Shin Sung-rok. However, things did not become easier for her when the emperor’s grandmother is murdered and she gets entangled in a complicated series of events that threatens the monarchy’s existence—a situation that supports a royal bodyguard’s (Choi Jin-hyuk) desire to exact revenge from the royal family.

KBS2’s Liver Or Die comes in second in the ratings race last night, getting 10.1 and 12.3 percent for its episodes 25 and 26. Trailing behind it is MBC’s Spring Turns To Spring, which continues to suffer from low viewership with its latest episodes obtaining 2.0 and 2.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Touch Your Heart of cable network tvN posted a 4.1 percent nationwide rating for its latest episode.

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