3 Historical Dramas with Highest Viewership Rating

Korean dramas have a wide variety of themes and settings, but the purpose of making dramas in addition to providing moral and social messages is to get a good rating from the audience. Here are 3 dramas with historical backgrounds that managed to get the highest rating in Korea.

  1. Jewel In The Palace
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    ‘Jewel in The Palace’ is a drama starring Lee Young Ae and Ji Jin Hee. The drama aired in 2003 on MBC with a total of 54 episodes. ‘Jewel In The Palace’ set about 500 years ago during the Joseon Dynasty, which tells of a woman named Seo Jang Geum (Lee Young Ae), who is part of the lower classes in the community. Nevertheless, she managed to overcome a series of social discrimination and become a royal chef. Eventually, she became a royal physician and became a physician in charge of the King. The drama is based on a true story about a girl named Jang-Geum, the first woman who became the highest royal physician of her time. This drama managed to get a high rating with an average of 46.3% and its highest rating was 57.8%. Thanks to this drama,  Lee Young Ae won an award at MBC Drama Awards in 2003.

  2. Jumong
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    The drama ‘Jumong’ is a drama that aired from 2006 to 2007 on MBC with a total of 81 episodes. The drama starred Song Il Gook as Ju Mong and Han Hye Jin as So Seo No. ‘Jumong’ is a historical drama that tells about the life of Ju Mong, the inventor of the Goguryeo empire. Initially, the drama was planned to air until episode 60, but due to its popularity, the television station added it to 81 episodes. Although this is a fictional drama, the story is considered one of the best dramas with historical themes. Song Il Gook won the award at the 2006 MBC Awards through his performance in this drama. The average rating earned by this drama is 41.83%, and the highest rating ever earned is 52.7%. The drama ‘Jumong’ is categorized as one part of the Korean Wave because its broadcast in Iran received more than 80% rating.

  3. The Moon Embracing The Sun
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    ‘The Moon Embracing The Sun’ is a drama that aired in 2012 on MBC with a total of 20 episodes. The drama starred Kim Soo Hyun and Han Ga In. The drama is about the crown prince Lee Hwon (Kim Soo Hyun) and Prince Yang Myung (Jung Il Woo) who fall in love with a shaman named Heo Yeon Woo (Han Ga In) who does not remember her past. The drama with the theme of history and fantasy is adapted from a novel of the same title by Jung Eun Gwol. This drama is about the forbidden love of the Joseon Dynasty King and a shaman. The fictional story in the drama has won numerous awards, one of which was for Best Drama category at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards. This drama managed to get an average rating of 36.7%, with the highest rating reached 47%.