Empress Ki

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Empress Ki
Empress Ki-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Empress Ki
Genre Historical drama
Romance
Format Television series
Written by Jang Young-chul
Jung Kyung-soon
Directed by Han Hee
Lee Sung-joon
Starring Ha Ji-won
Joo Jin-mo
Ji Chang-wook
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 51
Production
Executive producer(s) Joo Sung-woo
Location(s) Korea
Running time 75 minutes
Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) Lee Kim Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original run October 28, 2013 (2013-10-28) – April 29, 2014 (2014-04-29)
Chronology
Preceded by Goddess of Fire
Followed by Triangle
External links
Website

Empress Ki (Hangul: 기황후; RR: Gi Hwang-hu) is a South Korean historical television series starring Ha Ji-won as the titular Empress Gi, who was born in Goryeo but later married Emperor Huizong to become an empress of the Yuan Dynasty. The series depicts her loves and political ambitions as she is torn between the two countries.[1][2][3]

It airs on MBC from October 28, 2013 to April 29, 2014 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 51 episodes.

The early working title was Hwatu (Hangul: 화투; lit. "Battle of Flowers") but the title was changed to prevent confusion with the similarly named playing cards.[4]

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

Ratings[edit]

In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[13] AGB Nielsen[14]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 28 October 2013 10.1% (13th) 12.3% (8th) 11.1% (9th) 13.3% (4th)
2 29 October 2013 12.0% (6th) 14.6% (4th) 13.6% (4th) 15.8% (4th)
3 4 November 2013 11.7% (11th) 14.9% (4th) 12.8% (6th) 14.5% (5th)
4 5 November 2013 12.7% (6th) 15.4% (4th) 14.5% (4th) 16.6% (3rd)
5 11 November 2013 14.0% (5th) 17.3% (4th) 14.5% (5th) 16.1% (4th)
6 12 November 2013 14.6% (4th) 18.6% (4th) 16.3% (4th) 18.7% (3rd)
7 18 November 2013 15.2% (4th) 18.4% (4th) 15.5% (5th) 17.6% (3rd)
8 19 November 2013 16.5% (4th) 20.1% (3rd) 16.9% (4th) 18.6% (3rd)
9 25 November 2013 15.4% (4th) 19.1% (4th) 17.2% (4th) 19.5% (3rd)
10 26 November 2013 16.2% (4th) 19.5% (3rd) 18.1% (3rd) 19.6% (3rd)
11 2 December 2013 17.7% (4th) 20.8% (3rd) 17.8% (5th) 20.5% (2nd)
12 3 December 2013 18.4% (4th) 21.7% (3rd) 19.0% (4th) 21.0% (3rd)
13 9 December 2013 19.1% (4th) 23.6% (2nd) 20.2% (3rd) 23.5% (2nd)
14 10 December 2013 18.4% (4th) 23.3% (1st) 19.5% (3rd) 21.9% (2nd)
15 16 December 2013 17.7% (4th) 21.7% (4th) 18.8% (4th) 21.5% (3rd)
16 17 December 2013 18.1% (4th) 21.9% (2nd) 18.8% (3rd) 21.4% (3rd)
17 23 December 2013 17.3% (4th) 20.5% (2nd) 17.3% (4th) 20.1% (2nd)
18 24 December 2013 17.3% (3rd) 20.5% (2nd) 17.5% (3rd) 19.9% (2nd)
19 6 January 2014 17.0% (3rd) 21.8% (2nd) 17.9% (3rd) 20.4% (3rd)
20 7 January 2014 18.5% (3rd) 23.8% (2nd) 19.1% (3rd) 21.3% (2nd)
21 13 January 2014 18.2% (3rd) 23.7% (2nd) 19.6% (3rd) 22.9% (2nd)
22 14 January 2014 19.0% (3rd) 23.9% (2nd) 20.3% (3rd) 22.1% (2nd)
23 20 January 2014 19.5% (3rd) 23.6% (2nd) 20.8% (3rd) 23.6% (2nd)
24 21 January 2014 20.7% (3rd) 24.7% (2nd) 22.6% (2nd) 26.2% (2nd)
25 27 January 2014 21.4% (3rd) 27.0% (2nd) 22.8% (2nd) 26.8% (1st)
26 28 January 2014 22.0% (2nd) 26.3% (2nd) 24.9% (2nd) 28.6% (1st)
27 3 February 2014 24.2% (2nd) 29.8% (1st) 23.9% (2nd) 27.7% (1st)
28 4 February 2014 24.0% (2nd) 29.3% (1st) 25.3% (2nd) 29.1% (1st)
29 10 February 2014 20.8% (2nd) 25.3% (1st) 22.7% (2nd) 25.3% (1st)
30 17 February 2014 25.3% (2nd) 30.9% (1st) 26.5% (2nd) 29.9% (1st)
31 18 February 2014 25.6% (2nd) 30.9% (1st) 26.6% (1st) 29.4% (1st)
32 24 February 2014 24.4% (2nd) 31.0% (1st) 25.3% (2nd) 28.8% (1st)
33 25 February 2014 27.9% (2nd) 33.6% (1st) 28.6% (1st) 31.3% (1st)
34 03 March 2014 26.1% (2nd) 32.4% (1st) 26.2% (2nd) 29.7% (1st)
35 04 March 2014 26.5% (2nd) 32.3% (1st) 28.3% (1st) 31.4% (1st)
36 10 March 2014 26.0% (2nd) 31.4% (1st) 29.2% (2nd) 30.8% (1st)
37 11 March 2014 27.1% (2nd) 32.4% (1st) 29.2% (1st) 32.4% (1st)
38 17 March 2014 25.6% (2nd) 30.7% (1st) 27.7% (2nd) 31.3% (1st)
39 18 March 2014 25.0% (2nd) 29.3% (1st) 26.5% (2nd) 29.7% (1st)
40 24 March 2014 22.4% (2nd) 27.5% (2nd) 24.4% (2nd) 27.9% (2nd)
41 25 March 2014 24.0% (2nd) 29.8% (1st) 26.0% (2nd) 28.8% (1st)
42 31 March 2014 23.5% (2nd) 27.2% (2nd) 25.0% (2nd) 28.8% (1st)
43 01 April 2014 24.1% (2nd) 27.4% (2nd) 25.0% (2nd) 27.9% (1st)
44 07 April 2014 23.9% (3rd) 27.8% (2nd) 24.3% (2nd) 27.2% (1st)
45 08 April 2014 23.5% (2nd) 28.7% (2nd) 25.5% (2nd) 28.7% (1st)
46 14 April 2014 % % % %
47 15 April 2014 % % % %
48 21 April 2014 % % % %
49 22 April 2014 % % % %
50 28 April 2014 % % % %
51 29 April 2014 % % % %
Average % % % %

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013 MBC Drama Awards[15] Popularity Award Ha Ji-won Won
Actor/Actress of the Year (selected by directors) Ha Ji-won Won
Best New Actress Baek Jin-hee Won
Best Writer Jang Young-chul and Jung Kyung-soon Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Ji Chang-wook Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Joo Jin-mo Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Ha Ji-won Nominated
Best Drama Empress Ki Nominated
Grand Prize (Daesang) Ha Ji-won Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oh, Jean (24 October 2013). "Ha Ji-won back in The Empress Ki". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  2. ^ Do, Je-hae (3 November 2013). "Fact vs. fiction in TV drama: MBC period piece stirs debate on 'fictionalized history'". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  3. ^ Do, Je-hae (2 August 2013). "Period pieces dominate Korean cinema, TV". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  4. ^ Kwak, Hyun-soo (14 August 2013). "Ha Ji Won's new drama is renamed Ki Empress". Korea Star Daily via Yahoo!. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  5. ^ Lee, Sun-min (14 May 2013). "Ha Ji-won lands leading MBC role". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  6. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (14 May 2013). "Actress Ha Ji-won to Turn Empress in Historical Drama". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  7. ^ Park, Jin-yong (13 May 2013). "Ha Ji Won to play Empress Qi in new historical drama". Korea Star Daily via Yahoo!. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  8. ^ "Empress Ki, Battle of Flowers Ha Ji-won's Charismatic Posters". MBC Global Media. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  9. ^ "Interview: Empress Qi Ha Ji-won". MBC Global Media. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  10. ^ Kim, Yeon-ji (23 January 2014). "Ha Ji-won up for any challenges". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  11. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (10 September 2013). "Ji Chang-wook Cast in Ha Ji-won's New Historic Series". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  12. ^ "Baek Jin-hee Hits Right Note as Villain in TV Soap". The Chosun Ilbo. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  13. ^ "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  14. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  15. ^ Lee, Cory (31 December 2013). "Ha Ji-won Receives Top Honor at 2013 MBC Drama Awards". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 

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