Queen of Tears Ep 16 passes Crash Landing on You AND Sky Castle to be #3 highest-rated drama on cable

In an astounding (although expected) ratings increase on Sunday night, Queen of Tears, Episode 16 not only grabbed its highest ever viewership, but it also passed both Crash Landing on You and Sky Castle to become the #3 highest-rated drama of all-time on cable TV in South Korea.

Those high numbers via Nielsen Korea show Queen of Tears, Episode 16 grabbed 24.85 percent of the nationwide audience share on Sunday night, catapulting it into 3rd place on the chart over Crash Landing on You, which earned 21.68 percent for its 16th episode, and Sky Castle, which earned 23.77 percent for its series finale.

Queen of Tears also earned its highest rating from Seoul audiences, grabbing 28.38 percent last night — a huge jump from its previous episode’s already high 23.92 percent on Saturday.

Average rating for Queen of Tears‘ 16 episodes

Along with the superb performance for the tvN drama’s series finale, with the ratings for that episode now in, it means Queen of Tears also earned a very high average rating of 15.67 percent nationwide for each episode, and a higher 17.44 percent in Seoul.

An extremely high average rating indeed for a K-drama that started out with 5.85 percent nationwide for its first episode, and 6.49 percent in Seoul.

Throw in that Queen of Tears has never left the Netflix Top 10 since its first episode streamed on March 9th, and it is safe to say the Kim Soo Hyun and Kim Ji Won-led drama will likely be one of the most successful dramas of 2024.

If not THE most successful.

All 16 episodes of Queen of Tears, which stars Kim Soo Hyun, Kim Ji Won, Park Sung Hoon, Kwak Dong Yeon and Lee Joo Bin, are now streaming on Netflix for international subscribers.

As for what drama will be streaming next on tvN in the Queen of Tears timeslot, you can find that out here.

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About Michelle Topham

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