“The Legend of the Blue Sea” remains firmly seated in first place for Wednesday-Thursday drama viewership ratings, even as its popularity extends overseas.
According to Nielsen Korea, the drama went up as high as 21.3 percent in the Seoul Metropolitan Area. It has also kept its spot on top ever since its premiere, and is also ranked highly on online communities and portal sites.
The latest episode, broadcast on December 14 KST, recorded 16.6 percent nationwide, remaining in first place against its competition.
“The Legend Of The Blue Sea” has also been making waves overseas, having received enthusiastic response not just in Asia, but also in the Americas, Europe, and Oceania.
On subscription channel Sony One, the drama took first place in its time slot against other Hallyu channels, achieving 92 percent in Malaysia and 82 percent in Singapore. Philippines’ internet TV service iflix saw its subscribers double after the drama was made available, and about 20 percent of the new subscribers watched “The Legend Of The Blue Sea” first thing after signing up.
For the Chinese internet TV service iQIYI, it reported a cumulative 112 million views from episodes one to eight. After its launch in Taiwan, ‘”The Legend of the Blue Sea” is setting a record for the most views with an average of 140,000 views per episode.
The drama also maintained first place for its time slot on Viki, where it also hit 64,000 followers on its channel just three weeks after premiering.
“The Legend Of The Blue Sea” team has expressed their gratitude for the response, saying that, “We’d like to thank the countless viewers both within and beyond Korea for their love. Thanks to your love and support, we are able to film warmly even in this cold winter. We hope you will continue to show us support in the future.”
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