Queen of Tears Ep 1 kicks off with higher ratings than Captivating the King predecessor

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The new Korean romantic comedy Queen of Tears, Episode 1 kicked off the series last night on tvN in South Korea to very strong ratings.

Ratings that were stronger than those earned by its predecessor Captivating the King, the drama that aired on tvN in the same time slot up until last weekend.

According to the latest data from Nielsen Korea, Queen of Tears, Episode 1 earned 5.85 percent in the nationwide ratings.

That is higher than the very successful drama Captivating the King earned for its first episode (3.97 percent).

In Seoul, the new tvN rom-com performed even better — grabbing 6.49 percent of the audience share compared to Captivating the King‘s 4.07 percent.

Both ratings placed it in the #1 spot in its time slot.

In other words, Queen of Tears got off to an excellent start last night, so let’s see how its second episode performs tonight.

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What is Queen of Tears about and who stars in it?

The new rom-com K-drama stars Kim Soo Hyun (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay) and Kim Ji Won (My Liberation Notes), and tells the story of the marriage between Hong Hae In (Kim Ji Won), a third-generation chaebol and department store queen, and Baek Hyun Woo (Kim Soo Hyun), the pride of the Yongduri village.

A marriage going through a crisis, but also about a couple that perseveres.


The Korean drama also features the superb supporting cast of Park Sung Hoon, Kwak Dong Yeon, Lee Joo Bin, Kim Kap Soo, Lee Mi Sook, Jung Jin Young, Na Young Hee, Kim Jung Nan, Jeon Bae Soo, Kim Young Min and Hwang Young Hee.

Queen of Tears airs every Saturday and Sunday on tvN at 21:20 (KST). It will run through April 28th, 2024.

International viewers can watch the so-far excellent after the first episode at least K-drama on Netflix.

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