Empress Ki (TV series)

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Empress Ki
Empress Ki-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Empress Ki. Left to right: Toghon Temür, Empress Ki, Wang Yoo.
Genre Historical
Written by
Directed by
  • Han Hee
  • Lee Sung-joon
Starring
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 51
Production
Executive producer(s) Joo Sung-woo
Producer(s) Cho Yoon-jung
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Victory Contents
Distributor Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Release
Original network Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format HDTV 1080i 16:9
Original release 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 at Victory Contents

Empress Ki (Hangul기황후; Hanja奇皇后; RRGi Hwanghu) is a television series starring Ha Ji-won as the titular Empress Ki.[1] It aired on MBC from October 28, 2013 to April 29, 2014 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 55 episodes.

A domestic and overseas hit, the series received the Golden Bird Prize for Serial Drama at the 9th Seoul International Drama Awards. Ha Ji-won also won the Grand Prize at the MBC Drama Awards for her performance.

Title[edit]

The early working title was Hwatu (Hangul화투; lit. "Battle of Flowers") but the title was changed to prevent confusion with the similarly named playing cards.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

The series revolves around Gi Seungnyang, a Goryeo-born woman who ascends to power despite the restrictions of the era's class system, and later marries Toghon Temür (Emperor of Mongol Empire) to become an empress of the Yuan dynasty, instead of her first love, Wang Yu. It managed to highlight the deep love the Emperor embedded in Lady Ki and depicts her loves and political ambitions.[3]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Supporting[edit]

Special appearances[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Information
  • Title: 기황후 OST
  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Language: Korean, English
  • Release Date: 2014-Mar-18
  • Number of Tracks: 16
  • Publisher: Loen Entertainment (로엔엔터테인먼트)
  • Agency: Leekim Production (이김프로덕션)
Track Listing
No. Song Title Artist
1. Empress Ki Opening Title
기황후 Opening Title
Kim Jang-woo
2. Thorn Love
가시사랑
4Men
3. Love Wind
사랑 바람
Wax
4. Just Once
한번만
Soyou
5. The Wind
바람결
Park Wan-kyu
6. The Day Zia
7. To the Butterfly
나비에게
Ji Chang-wook
8. Empress Ki Main Theme
기황후 Main Theme
Kim Jang-woo
9. Destiny
10. Flower Blossom
11. The Greatest Day
12. Horse Riding
13. Fate
14. Heroes
15. Princess
16. Emperor

Reception[edit]

The series attained high ratings during its run, ranking first in its timeslot with a peak viewership rating of 33.9 percent.[4][5] According to a report by Taiwan’s drama channel ETTV, the series was ranked as the best foreign program for 2014 with 5.35% viewership rating, becoming the second Korean drama after Jewel in the Palace (2003) to do so.[6] It also received positive reviews for its strong acting skills, gripping background and elaborate scenes.[7]

Despite its popularity, the series was criticized for its inclusion of fictional elements regarding the characters and storyline. Much concern was raised over the series' depiction of the titular Empress Ki, who was portrayed as a brave warrior in the series. Historians were worried that the audience would overlook the fact that the real-life Empress Ki was responsible for attacking her native land.[7][8]

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[9] AGB Nielsen[10]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 October 28, 2013 10.1% (13th) 12.3% (8th) 11.1% (9th) 13.3% (4th)
2 October 29, 2013 12.0% (6th) 14.6% (4th) 13.6% (4th) 15.8% (4th)
3 November 4, 2013 11.7% (11th) 14.9% (4th) 12.8% (6th) 14.5% (5th)
4 November 5, 2013 12.7% (6th) 15.4% (4th) 14.5% (4th) 16.6% (3rd)
5 November 11, 2013 14.0% (5th) 17.3% (4th) 14.5% (5th) 16.1% (4th)
6 November 12, 2013 14.6% (4th) 18.6% (4th) 16.3% (4th) 18.7% (3rd)
7 November 18, 2013 15.2% (4th) 18.4% (4th) 15.5% (5th) 17.6% (3rd)
8 November 19, 2013 16.5% (4th) 20.1% (3rd) 16.9% (4th) 18.6% (3rd)
9 November 25, 2013 15.4% (4th) 19.1% (4th) 17.2% (4th) 19.5% (3rd)
10 November 26, 2013 16.2% (4th) 19.5% (3rd) 18.1% (3rd) 19.6% (3rd)
11 December 2, 2013 17.7% (4th) 20.8% (3rd) 17.8% (5th) 20.5% (2nd)
12 December 3, 2013 18.4% (4th) 21.7% (3rd) 19.0% (4th) 21.0% (3rd)
13 December 9, 2013 19.1% (4th) 23.6% (2nd) 20.2% (3rd) 23.5% (2nd)
14 December 10, 2013 18.4% (4th) 23.3% (1st) 19.5% (3rd) 21.9% (2nd)
15 December 16, 2013 17.7% (4th) 21.7% (4th) 18.8% (4th) 21.5% (3rd)
16 December 17, 2013 18.1% (4th) 21.9% (2nd) 18.8% (3rd) 21.4% (3rd)
17 December 23, 2013 17.3% (4th) 20.5% (2nd) 17.3% (4th) 20.1% (2nd)
18 December 24, 2013 17.3% (3rd) 20.5% (2nd) 17.5% (3rd) 19.9% (2nd)
19 January 6, 2014 17.0% (3rd) 21.8% (2nd) 17.9% (3rd) 20.4% (3rd)
20 January 7, 2014 18.5% (3rd) 23.8% (2nd) 19.1% (3rd) 21.3% (2nd)
21 January 13, 2014 18.2% (3rd) 23.7% (2nd) 19.6% (3rd) 22.9% (2nd)
22 January 14, 2014 19.0% (3rd) 23.9% (2nd) 20.3% (3rd) 22.1% (2nd)
23 January 20, 2014 19.5% (3rd) 23.6% (2nd) 20.8% (3rd) 23.6% (2nd)
24 January 21, 2014 20.7% (3rd) 24.7% (2nd) 22.6% (2nd) 26.2% (2nd)
25 January 27, 2014 21.4% (3rd) 27.0% (2nd) 22.8% (2nd) 26.8% (1st)
26 January 28, 2014 22.0% (2nd) 26.3% (2nd) 24.9% (2nd) 28.6% (1st)
27 February 3, 2014 24.2% (2nd) 29.8% (1st) 23.9% (2nd) 27.7% (1st)
28 February 4, 2014 24.0% (2nd) 29.3% (1st) 25.3% (2nd) 29.1% (1st)
29 February 10, 2014 20.8% (2nd) 25.3% (1st) 22.7% (2nd) 25.3% (1st)
30 February 17, 2014 25.3% (2nd) 30.9% (1st) 26.5% (2nd) 29.9% (1st)
31 February 18, 2014 25.6% (2nd) 30.9% (1st) 26.6% (1st) 29.4% (1st)
32 February 24, 2014 24.4% (2nd) 31.0% (1st) 25.3% (2nd) 28.8% (1st)
33 February 25, 2014 27.9% (2nd) 33.6% (1st) 28.6% (1st) 31.3% (1st)
34 March 3, 2014 26.1% (2nd) 32.4% (1st) 26.2% (2nd) 29.7% (1st)
35 March 4, 2014 26.5% (2nd) 32.3% (1st) 28.3% (1st) 31.4% (1st)
36 March 10, 2014 26.0% (2nd) 31.4% (1st) 29.2% (2nd) 30.8% (1st)
37 March 11, 2014 27.1% (2nd) 32.4% (1st) 29.2% (1st) 32.4% (1st)
38 March 17, 2014 25.6% (2nd) 30.7% (1st) 27.7% (2nd) 31.3% (1st)
39 March 18, 2014 25.0% (2nd) 29.3% (1st) 26.5% (2nd) 29.7% (1st)
40 March 24, 2014 22.4% (2nd) 27.5% (2nd) 24.4% (2nd) 27.9% (2nd)
41 March 25, 2014 24.0% (2nd) 29.8% (1st) 26.0% (2nd) 28.8% (1st)
42 March 31, 2014 23.5% (2nd) 27.2% (2nd) 25.0% (2nd) 28.8% (1st)
43 April 1, 2014 24.1% (2nd) 27.4% (2nd) 25.0% (2nd) 27.9% (1st)
44 April 7, 2014 23.9% (3rd) 27.8% (2nd) 24.3% (2nd) 27.2% (1st)
45 April 8, 2014 23.5% (2nd) 28.7% (2nd) 25.5% (2nd) 28.7% (1st)
46 April 14, 2014 23.9% (2nd) 28.0% (2nd) 25.3% (2nd) 28.3% (1st)
47 April 15, 2014 23.8% (2nd) 28.9% (1st) 26.1% (2nd) 28.8% (1st)
48 April 21, 2014 22.7% (2nd) 25.6% (2nd) 22.9% (2nd) 24.9% (1st)
49 April 22, 2014 23.9% (2nd) 27.2% (2nd) 26.6% (2nd) 29.4% (1st)
50 April 28, 2014 25.7% (2nd) 30.6% (1st) 26.2% (2nd) 28.7% (1st)
51 April 29, 2014 28.3% (2nd) 33.9% (1st) 28.7% (2nd) 31.7% (1st)
Average 20.72% 25.12% 21.90% 24.70%
Ratings in the Philippines

It aired on GMA Network from October 20, 2014 to April 14, 2015, on weeknights (Monday to Thursday) at 10:00 PM PST for 100 episodes.[11] Each episode runs 1 hour including commercial breaks. It was pre-empted on December 31, 2014 to give way to the Countdown to 2015 GMA New Year Special and on April 2 to 3, 2015 to give way on the Holy Week programming. The entire series was dubbed in Filipino. It was the highest rated Korean drama in the Philippines for 2015. It was re-aired on GMA News TV from July 12, 2016 to January 20, 2017.

Ratings in the Philippines
Episode #
(in PH)
Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[12] Kantar Media[13]
Mega Manila Nationwide
1 October 20, 2014 12.6% 7.3%
2 October 21, 2014 12.8% 7.0%
3 October 22, 2014 12.7% 6.8%
4 October 23, 2014 12.9% 7.5%
5 October 27, 2014 12.5% 6.4%
6 October 28, 2014 11.1% 6.8%
7 October 29, 2014 12.8% 6.9%
8 October 30, 2014 12.8% 7.5%
9 November 3, 2014 13.3% 7.1%
10 November 4, 2014 12.2% 7.5%
11 November 5, 2014 13.9% 7.9%
12 November 6, 2014 12.7% 7.5%
13 November 10, 2014 13.2% 7.4%
14 November 11, 2014 13.0% 7.3%
15 November 12, 2014 14.6% 8.4%
16 November 13, 2014 14.9% 8.5%
17 November 17, 2014 13.8% 8.4%
18 November 18, 2014 14.6% 8.4%
19 November 19, 2014 14.3% 8.6%
20 November 20, 2014 14.4% 8.4%
21 November 24, 2014 14.5% 8.7%
22 November 25, 2014 13.9% 8.2%
23 November 26, 2014 16.0% 8.4%
24 November 27, 2014 14.5% 8.1%
25 December 1, 2014 14.8% 9.2%
26 December 2, 2014 15.1% 9.2%
27 December 3, 2014 14.1% 9.7%
28 December 4, 2014 15.2% 9.9%
29 December 8, 2014 15.8% 8.3%
30 December 9, 2014 14.7% 7.9%
31 December 10, 2014 16.2% 9.2%
32 December 11, 2014 15.4% 6.8%
33 December 15, 2014 14.0% 8.1%
34 December 16, 2014 15.0% 9.0%
35 December 17, 2014 15.1% 8.7%
36 December 18, 2014 15.9% 9.8%
37 December 22, 2014 15.6% 9.1%
38 December 23, 2014 16.2% 8.9%
39 December 24, 2014 15.1% 11.9%
40 December 25, 2014 15.2% 8.1%
41 December 29, 2014 16.4% 7.8%
42 December 30, 2014 16.3% 9.5%
43 January 1, 2015 16.4% 8.9%
44 January 5, 2015 16.6% 8.9%
45 January 6, 2015 18.2% 10.3%
46 January 7, 2015 17.5% 9.5%
47 January 8, 2015 16.3% 9.0%
48 January 12, 2015 17.2% 9.2%
49 January 13, 2015 17.7% 9.8%
50 January 14, 2015 19.1% 11.0%
51 January 15, 2015 17.9% 10.1%
52 January 19, 2015 19.3% 10.2%
53 January 20, 2015 19.0% 10.8%
54 January 21, 2015 19.0% 11.1%
55 January 22, 2015 21.1% 11.3%
56 January 26, 2015 19.9% 10.0%
57 January 27, 2015 19.6% 10.5%
58 January 28, 2015 20.3% 10.9%
59 January 29, 2015 21.1% 11.4%
60 February 2, 2015 19.2% 10.2%
61 February 3, 2015 19.3% 11.2%
62 February 4, 2015 19.2% 11.6%
63 February 5, 2015 20.6% 11.8%
64 February 9, 2015 20.5% 12.8%
65 February 10, 2015 19.8% 11.7%
66 February 11, 2015 21.3% 12.3%
67 February 12, 2015 20.8% 12.4%
68 February 16, 2015 21.3% 12.3%
69 February 17, 2015 20.4% 12.5%
70 February 18, 2015 22.1% 13.2%
71 February 19, 2015 21.6% 13.2%
72 February 23, 2015 21.3% 14.1%
73 February 24, 2015 20.6% 13.7%
74 February 25, 2015 19.8% 14.4%
75 February 26, 2015 19.1% 14.0%
76 March 2, 2015 19.8% 12.7%
77 March 3, 2015 19.8% 12.1%
78 March 4, 2015 19.7% 12.6%
79 March 5, 2015 20.7% 13.1%
80 March 9, 2015 18.9% 13.1%
81 March 10, 2015 19.5% 13.5%
82 March 11, 2015 19.6% 13.4%
83 March 12, 2015 19.3% 13.1%
84 March 16, 2015 18.2% 12.4%
85 March 17, 2015 19.0% 12.6%
86 March 18, 2015 20.2% 13.2%
87 March 19, 2015 20.5% 13.1%
88 March 23, 2015 20.5% 13.9%
89 March 24, 2015 21.5% 14.6%
90 March 25, 2015 21.5% 15.3%
91 March 26, 2015 21.0% 14.6%
92 March 30, 2015 21.4% 14.9%
93 March 31, 2015 22.1% 14.9%
94 April 1, 2015 22.8% 15.8%
95 April 6, 2015 21.6% 15.1%
96 April 7, 2015 22.0% 14.0%
97 April 8, 2015 21.6% 14.9%
98 April 9, 2015 22.3% 15.9%
99 April 13, 2015 23.9% 16.6%
100 April 14, 2015 25.2% 17.2%
Average 17.66% 10.73%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013
MBC Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang)[14] Ha Ji-won 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
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Ji Chang-wook Won
Writer(s) of the Year Jang Young-chul, Jung Kyung-soon Won
Best New Actress Baek Jin-hee Won
2014
50th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actress (TV) Baek Jin-hee Won
9th Seoul International Drama Awards[15]
Best Serial Drama (Golden Bird Prize) Won
Outstanding Korean Drama Nominated
Outstanding Korean Actor Ji Chang-wook Nominated
Outstanding Korean Actress Ha Ji-won Nominated
Outstanding Korean Drama OST Thorn Love - 4Men Nominated
Just Once - Soyou Nominated
7th Korea Drama Awards[16]
Grand Prize (Daesang) Ha Ji-won Nominated
Best Drama Empress Ki Nominated
Best Production Director Han Hee, Lee Sung-joon Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor Ji Chang-wook Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress Baek Jin-hee Nominated
3rd APAN Star Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Joo Jin-mo Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Ha Ji-won Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Ji Chang-wook Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Baek Jin-hee Nominated
Yoon A-jung Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network(s) Series premiere Series finale
 Vietnam VTV3 May 8, 2014 finished
 Myanmar Myanmar National TV March , 2017 finished
 Philippines GMA Network October 20, 2014 April 14, 2015
GMA News TV July 12, 2016 finished

Iflix[17] Available to stream
 Indonesia Trans7 November 23, 2015 currently airing
Iflix Available to stream
 Poland TVP2 November 9, 2015 February 25, 2016
 Singapore Channel U October 31, 2015 February 21, 2016
 Sri Lanka Rupavahini
Iflix
February 16, 2016
Available to stream
July 2016
 Armenia Yerkir Media April 4, 2016 June 14, 2016
 Thailand 3 Family
Iflix
Viu
May 19, 2017
Available to stream
Available to stream
finished[18]
 Hungary Duna TV November 14, 2016[19]
 Pakistan H Now Entertainment March 6, 2017[20]
 Puerto Rico WIPR July 24, 2017
 Panama SERTV August 2015
 Lithuania TV1 May 5, 2018[21] currently airing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oh, Jean (October 24, 2013). "Ha Ji-won back in The Empress Ki". The Korea Herald. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ Kwak, Hyun-soo (August 14, 2013). "Ha Ji Won's new drama is renamed Ki Empress". Korea Star Daily via Yahoo!. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Do, Je-hae (August 2, 2013). "Period pieces dominate Korean cinema, TV". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on September 17, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ha Ji-won meets fans in Taipei". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  5. ^ "K-Drama Ratings: "Empress Ki" Is As Strong As Its Main Character". KDramaStars. 
  6. ^ ""Empress Ki" Viewership Rating in Taiwan Reaches Over 5%, Follows the Success of "Dae Jang Geum" in 2004". Soompi. 
  7. ^ a b "Fact vs. fiction in TV drama". The Korea Times. 
  8. ^ ""Empress Ki" Reigns Over The Ratings But Not Without Controversy". KDramaStars. 
  9. ^ "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on November 28, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Empress Ki". GMA Network. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  12. ^ PEP.ph. "PEP Alerts | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". www.pep.ph. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  13. ^ "National TV Ratings". www.abscbnpr.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  14. ^ "Kim Byung-man, Ha Ji-won win grand prizes". The Korea Times. 
  15. ^ Sohn, Ji-ae (September 5, 2014). "Alien love story steals the show at Seoul drama festival". Korea.net. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Korea Drama Awards 2014 – Nominees List". Beatus Corner. September 7, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  17. ^ https://www.iflix.com/images/media/press/iflix_is_the_destination_for_Korean_content_SEA.pdf
  18. ^ "ซีรีย์ใหม่ช่อง 3 2559" (in Thai). Channel 3. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "A császárság kincse" (in Hungarian). est.hu. Retrieved 2016-11-02. 
  20. ^ "Maharani starting from 6th March". Twitter. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  21. ^ "Pirmą kartą Baltijos šalių televizijos eteryje - Pietų Korėjos serialas" (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 6 May 2018. 

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