On April 17, scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook’s new SBS Fri-Sat drama series ‘The King: Eternal Monarch’ aired its highly-anticipated first episode, starring Lee Min Ho, Kim Go Eun, Woo Do Hwan, Lee Jung Jin, and more.

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The drama, starring Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun, is a fantasy romance that tells the story of two parallel universes, one in which Korea is a constitutional monarchy and one similar to present-day Korea. Lee Min Ho plays Emperor Lee Gon, and Kim Go Eun is detective Jung Tae Eul

According to Nielsen Korea, the grand premiere of ‘The King: Eternal Monarch’ recorded average viewership ratings of 11.4% and 12.9% for episodes 1 and 2 aired on Friday night, marking the highest ever viewership ratings recorded by a weekend evening drama series. Furthermore, the highest viewership rating recorded during episode 2 reached as high as 14%.

The newest blockbuster project by hit scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook of ‘The Heirs’, ‘Descendants of the Sun’, ‘Goblin’, ‘Mister Sunshine’, and more, ‘The King: Eternal Monarch’ tells the fantasy story of two different modern-day dimensions, and a connected doorway. In the story, Lee Min Ho plays the role of a modern-day king with the power to travel across this dimensional doorway, while Kim Go Eun plays the role of a detective who investigates this stranger from a different world. 

Did you catch the grand premiere of SBS’s ‘The King: Eternal Monarch’?