‘The King 2Hearts’, ‘Rooftop Prince’ and ‘The Equator Man’ Continue to Fight Their Small War
The three main channels launched their dramas for Wednesday and Thursday night on the same day, March 21, after a long war of nerves in which they tried to gauge when The Sun and the Moon would be coming to a close.
For the first episode, MBC’s The King 2Hearts, starring Lee Seung Gi and Ha Ji Won, seemed to be on its way to the top armed with the popularity of its predecessor, The Sun and the Moon, with 16.2 percent viewership ratings.
As the dramas progressed, however, the ratings for all dramas averaged out, and in just four episodes, The King 2Hearts had to step down and hand the top spot to SBS’ Rooftop Prince. KBS2’s The Equator Man in the meantime continued to pack on the ratings, turning the tables yet again to battle all the others out.
The fierce battle between the three dramas, however, amounted to nothing more than a fight between much of a muchness. Adding all of the ratings for the three dramas amounts to less than the 44.2 percent The Sun and the Moon garnered for its last episode, which means that the dramas weren’t able to absorb all of the ratings left free for grabs with the end of The Sun and the Moon.
The Equator Man, which is on its way to tightening its grip on the highest throne, is again in danger of losing its crown soon.
Lee Seung Gi will be transforming from a bratty prince to a charismatic king in order to reveal the secret behind his brother’s death, and Park Yoo Chun will start to dig into what happened to the missing Yong Tae Yong, along with a romance with Han Ji Min.
Whether the two will be able to breathe new strength into the ratings for their dramas is yet to be seen.
Photo credit: MBC, KBS, SBS
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