The sheer popularity of the SBS drama “Rooftop Prince” starring Park Yoo Chun broke headlines today as viewership reached an all-time high in China.
Although it has not been long since “Rooftop Prince” aired in Korea, the Chinese media portal site Baidu boasts a fan community of approximately 59,000 fans reaching 60,000 for the drama.
Park Yoo Chun’s individual fan site has over 80,000 members as well. Just recently, in celebration of Park Yoo Chun’s birthday – fan communities in four different cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chouqing all held their own commemorating events, demonstrating the wide reach of Park Yoo Chun’s popularity.
When “Rooftop Prince” is searched on the Chinese video-sharing site YouKu, the drama has over 77,000,000 views and a 9.4 rating. Fans have made over 11,000 comments on the series, ranking it first over second and third place dramas that were broadcasted over a year ago. “Rooftop Prince”, at least from the numbers and data available online – has proved to be perhaps one of the most popular Korean dramas of all time.
An individual from the drama production staff made this comment, “It was really surprising to hear that the drama was getting this much attention from China when we haven’t even released it abroad yet. The actors and staff had great chemistry. Not to mention, Park Yoo Chun’s emotional performance as Joseon’s Crown Prince Lee Gak and Yong Tae Yong was simply flawlessly executed and I think that’s why the reaction has been so great for this drama.”
In addition, “Rooftop Prince” is being aired on Taiwan’s GTV and has gained a record of 1.46% viewership as a promising start. The production staff are also preparing to broadcast the drama in Japan come July.