Drama ‘Hwarang’ Begins with a Slow Start

David Song, Dec. 20, 2016, 9:22 a.m.

The highly anticipated KBS period drama “Hwarang: The Beginning” premiered on Monday with unimpressive viewer ratings. The first episode of “Hwarang,” only managed to draw in viewership ratings of 6.9 percent, according to Nielsen Korea, Tuesday. In comparison, the SBS drama “Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim” remained at the top of the chart with 22.6 percent viewership.

Expectations were high for “Hwarang,” as it boasted a star-studded cast consisting of Park Seo-joon, Go Ara, Do Ji-han, Cho Yoon-woo, SHINee‘s Choi Minho, ZE:A’s Hyungsik and BTS‘ Kim Tae-hyun. 

Despite the long list of stars, the drama was unable to rank in the top 20 daily programs of Monday. 

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