Having stayed largely static in ratings over the previous few weeks, "The World of the Married" pulled ahead one last time, as audiences were curious as to the fate of its central characters. The fifteenth episode did its best to leave the situation on a cliffhanger, with the son of Kim Hee-ae's character having disappeared without explanation.
The final episode mostly consisted of flashbacks before this event is finally dealt with. But it was, in any case, enough to pull "The World of the Married" ahead to ratings of 28.4%. These exceeded the record of the next highest cable drama, "SKY Castle", by nearly five percent.
For all its influence on pop culture and boosting Kim Hee-ae's brand, "The World of the Married" is actually only the seventh highest rated drama for the legendary actress. "Precious Family" at 34.1% and "My Man's Woman" at 36.7% are the most recent on the list, with the others predating the more modern competitive drama marketplace.
Written by William Schwartz
"The World of the Married" is directed by Mo Wan-il, written by Joo Hyeon-I, and features Kim Hee-ae, Park Hae-joon, Han So-hee, Park Sun-young, Kim Young-min, Chae Gook-hee. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2020/03/27~2020/05/16, Fri, Sat 23:00 on jTBC.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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