Missing Crown Prince, Ep 16 grabs highest ever rating but script problems still annoying fans

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Thrilled to see Missing Crown Prince, Episode 16 earn its highest rating of its run in South Korea last night as, even with the script issues, it has still been an interesting ride.

With just four episodes left to air, Missing Crown Prince, Episode 16 grabbed 3.97 percent of the audience share nationwide — which was an increase from its previous episode’s 3.54 percent, as well as nicely higher than its previous all-time high rating of 3.82 percent.

The Korean historical romantic comedy drama didn’t quite earn its highest rating from viewers in Seoul, where it earned 3.80 percent of the viewership, but its rating there certainly wasn’t shabby.

Script problems for Missing Crown Prince causing low international ratings

The Suho-led K-drama is also still being rated a very high 9.3 out of 10 on Viki, where it has been streaming for international subscribers since it premiered on April 13th.

Over on My Drama List and on IMDB, however, Missing Crown Prince is not being rated as well — with users there giving it a 7.8 out of 10 and 7.3 out of 10 respectively.

I have to say I do understand their lower ratings to some extent as, despite the actors’ superb performances, what should have been a 12-episode drama has been stretched out to 20 episodes and with a convoluted plot and poorly-written scripts that, in some instances, don’t make much sense.

The drama was initially postponed for over a month, though, so that “script problems” could be worked out.

Something that, if this is the “improved” version, I dread to think how poor the scripts were before.

Missing Crown Prince stars the previously mentioned Suho, alongside Hong Ye Ji, Myung Se Bin, Kim Joo Hun, and Kim Min Kyu.

If you’re still watching it, I’ll say do stick with it, as the performances alone have been worth the sometimes bumpy and annoying plot ride.

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.