An Empress’s Dignity and Sky Castle are the December 2018 Surprise Hits Over High Profile Memories of Alhambra and Encounter


Right now there are four dramas doing well in their respective ratings but two are surprise underdogs that are garnering ratings far above expected and the other two are high profile big budget expected successes that are just meeting expectations. As a whole this is a great month for K-dramas in a while and it’s thanks to the runaway success of jTBC Sky Castle, the makjang deliciousness of An Empress’s Dignity bringing viewers back to prime time, the quiet sweetness of Encounter (Boyfriend), and the fantasy AR freshness of Memories of Alhambra. Encounter is doing 8-9% ratings and Memories 7-8% which is great for cable, but Sky Castle just hit 11.298% on its latest episode 10 with zero big name stars or advanced publicity. And on the big three channels, Empress nearly hit 18% with 17.9% on it’s latest episode and is officially the highest prime time K-drama of 2019 surpassing Return.