Sungkyunkwan ends on a high, Giant approaches 30%
It may have not enjoyed a ratings bonanza, but KBS’s Sungkyunkwan Scandal has surely earned the designation of being a hot mania property (not unlike last year’s youth sensation You’re Beautiful), and the fusion-historical-romantic-comedy series ended with a 12.8% rating on Tuesday.
It’s not a spectacular number, but a solid one that managed to double the drama’s premiere ratings of 6.3%. For a while there it looked as though Sungkyunkwan would find itself stuck in single-digit territory, sandwiched between two heavy hitters (MBC’s Dong Yi, SBS’s Giant), but the finale of the former allowed this little gem to crack into double-digits.
I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say this, but [NOT-REALLY-A-SPOILER ALERT] the drama ended happily with its 20th episode, and thankfully, none of our Joseon Quartet were sacrificed in the process. (You didn’t really think they kill off show-stealer Moon Jae-shin, right?) [/SPOILER]
Meanwhile, Giant stopped just short of breaking the 30% mark with a 29.8%, while Queen of Reversals stayed solidly at 11%. The latter had been hoping for a much stronger run than it’s had thus far, given Queen of Housewives’ runaway success last year, but despite sharing a similarly cute, fast-paced vibe, Reversals hasn’t managed to tap into that special somethin’ to propel it to the same heights. (Although the most obvious answer might be the simplest: There’s no Tae-bong!)