Hit Korean drama ‘Mr. Queen’ airs final episode with highest rating

Published February 15, 2021, 7:15 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The hit Korean drama “Mr. Queen,” starring actress Shin Hye-sun and actor Kim Jung-hyun, recorded its best TV rating with the airing of the final episode on Feb. 14. 

According to Nielsen Korea, the 20th and final episode of “Mr. Queen” got a nationwide rating of 17.371 percent in South Korea to place first among cable TV shows, an increase from 14.227 percent for the 19th episode on Feb. 13. This is the highest rating for the drama, besting the 14.946 percent it got for episode 16 last Jan. 31. 

In the metropolitan area, the period drama’s finale also placed first with a rating of 18.554 percent, up from 15.132 percent for episode 19. 

Through the final episode, “Mr. Queen” is now the seventh highest-rated drama on cable TV in South Korea. 

Since its first episode which aired on Dec. 12 last year, which had 8.03 percent, up to its last, “Mr. Queen” maintained its No. 1 position in the ratings. 

In the drama, Shin Hye-sun played the role of Queen Cheorin while Kim Jung-hyun essayed the character of King Cheoljong.

This was Kim Jung-hyun’s next major drama project after starring in “Crash Landing on You,” which had its finale in February 2020. 

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many viewers who liked and enjoyed ‘Mr. Queen.’ If I could give viewers a little laugh during these difficult times, it would be a great joy for me,” said Kim Jung-hyun, Korean media reported. 

Korean culture critic Kim Heon-shik said the drama’s humor and storyline have attracted viewers. 

“‘Mr. Queen’ features a unique combination of a common body-swap story and historical settings. Its comical and humorous tones and strong narrative have kept people tuning in to the series,” he said, according to Yonhap News. 

Other notable characters in the drama are Court Lady Choi (played by Cha Chung-hwa), Hong Yeon (Cha Seo-eun), Queen Sunwon (Bae Jong-ok), Prince Yeongpyeong (Yoo Min-kyu), Kim Byeong-in (Na In-woo) and Royal Chef Man-bok (Kim In-kwon).