Scarlet Heart Ryeo cast member Lee Joon Gi thanked the show?s fans amid its low ratings.
The Hallyu heartthrob plays Prince Wang So, the lead male star in the SBS network?s latest fantasy series. Actress Lee Ji Eun is cast as Hae Soo, a modern-day woman who drowns during an eclipse. She and wakes up at the Goryeo era and eventually falls in love with Joon Gi?s mysterious character.
Thank you message
Just recently, the 34-year-old actor thanked Scarlet Heart Ryeo fans via an Instagram message. It was posted after the show?s total views reached 1 billion on China’s top online video streaming service Youku.
Aside from this, Joon Gi recently topped the list of the most searched Korean actor in Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo.
The two-image Instagram collage showed a Chinese poster of his masked character and a still photo from the series. In the caption, he thanked supporters for their strong support via social media.
The TV personality had previously shared how he and other Scarlet Heart Ryeo cast members worked hard for six months. ?I hope viewers will be able to recognize our hard work and passion,? he said.
Scarlet Heart Ryeo ratings
However, the show?s solid online following is different from its actual performance on TV. ?
According to Nielsen Korea, Scarlet Heart Ryeo ratings for its first week reached only 7.9%. Its rival Moonlight Drawn by Clouds gathered over double the audience share with 16.5% ratings.
Since then, the show has only been receiving minimal bursts in viewership. Improvements have barely even reached 1%. On the contrary, its counterpart KBS2 show has already exceeded 20% audience share. Also a fantasy, historical-themed drama Moonlight Drawn by Clouds stars Park Bo Gum and Yoo Jung.
However, many fans pointed out that Scarlet Heart Ryeo and Moonlight Drawn by Clouds should not be compared to each other.
According to them, the former is a deep and dark historical drama, while the latter is more like a ?coming of age? series.
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