K-drama Under The Queen’s Umbrella takes first place in its time slot in Korea with 12.296% nationwide

Korean drama Under The Queen’s Umbrella (aka The Queen’s Umbrella) had its best night yet, with Episode 10 of the historical drama taking first place in its time slot in Korea.

According to Nielsen Korea, that placing was due to a 12.296% nationwide average, with an even higher 13.391% from viewers in Seoul.

Both of these ratings were the highest Under The Queen’s Umbrella has earned yet.

To make the results even better this success even played out in the most important demographic of viewers ages 20 to 49, with 5.3% of those viewers watching the black comedy.

Considering Under The Queen’s Umbrella airs on tvN, a pay television network in Korea, last night’s high ratings are even better news as shows on pay networks tend to get lower viewership than dramas showing on public broadcasting networks.

Under The Queen’s Umbrella stars Kim Hye Soo, Kim Hae Sook, Choi Won Young, Kim Eui Sung, Moon Sang Min, Ok Ja Yeon and Chani.

It tells the story of Im Hwa Ryeong, a queen who, while she may be married to a great king, has sons who will soon become crown princes but who cause nothing but trouble for the queen.

Then again, when hot-tempered Im Hwa Ryeong is their mother, it probably isn’t surprising how many problems she has with her own sons, eh?

For viewers outside Korea, the 16-episode Under The Queen’s Umbrella is currently airing on Netflix in some regions, with a new episode airing on the streaming platform on Saturday, November 19th.

Watch the hit drama’s trailer below.


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.