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K-Drama Ratings: "Empress Ki" Is As Strong As Its Main Character

BY Julie Jones | Apr 16, 2014 01:43 PM EDT

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"Empress Ki" is one impressive drama, proving to be as unbeatable as its main character, Seungnyang. With its latest episode the drama secured first place yet again. This week's second episode earned 26.1 percent of the viewer ratings, a 0.8 percent increase from the previous episode.

In its final episodes, the drama is neatly tying up all of its plotlines to end with the coronation of Empress Ki. And what a long and bloody road it has been to that coronation.

Seungnyang, played by Ha Ji Won, fought long and hard to defeat El Temur's clan and Empress Tanashiri. Now she has vanquished the equally evil Empress Bayan Hudu. The only obstacles that remain in her way are the two powerful characters, the Regent Bayan and the Empress Dowager, who ought to be more grateful to her for helping them maintain the power they have.

Their hatred of her will be their undoing.

Now that Prince Maha has been denounced and Ayu is named Crown Prince, Seungnyang has finally been named Empress Regent but that only makes her enemies more determined to get rid of her. It's a good thing Seungnyang is a force to be reckoned with, as hers is not an easy path. It's her struggles and her determination to overcome them that have helped this drama to achieve first place and its highest rating of 29.2 percent.

Holding firmly on to second place was "God's Gift - 14 Days," which is also in its final days. The time travel action thriller rose barely 0.2 percent to 8.7 percent in viewer ratings. It did not surpass 10 percent despite the change in competition.

In the process of solving the mystery of who kidnapped and killed Saet Byul, Lee Bo Young and Jo Seung Woo have been given the opportunity to right a great wrong. The two allies who seemed to have only a casual connection at the start of the drama are now shown to have their fate intertwined in several ways. Once the mystery is solved, both their lives will be set on a better course.

Because these two dramas have such loyal audiences, the producers of "Big Man," which was scheduled to begin already, have postponed the drama's premier date. Instead, KBS 2 aired a drama special titled "Their Perfect Day." The drama dropped 0.4 percent from 3.1 percent to 2.7 percent.

"Big Man," starring Daniel Choi and Kang Ji Hwan, will begin in two weeks.

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