MBC Wednesday and Thursday drama series The Moon that Embraces the Sun which was off air last week returned to normal broadcast on the night of March 14th, 2012. But due to impact of a week delay, the rating for the drama on March 14th, 2012 dropped below 40%.
According to data released by AGB Nielson media research agency on March 15th, 2012, episode 19 of The Moon Embracing the Sun broadcast on March 14th, 2012 recorded the rating of 38.7%. Although the rating is increased by 19.5% from 19.2% achieved by special highlights episode broadcast on March 8th, 2012, but it’s a drop of 2.5% from the rating achieved by episode 18 right before the drama went off air, failed to hold onto 40% ratings mark. Focus of attention has been on whether the drama will break 40% audience ratings on the final episode broadcast on March 15th, 2012 to become the first Korean national drama of 2012.
The Wednesday and Thursday drama series of KBS2TV and SBS has ended last week, but in order to avoid the limelight of finale of The Moon Embracing the Sun, KBS and SBS happened to coincide in postponing the debut of new drama to next week.
KBS broadcast the special feature for Sungkyunkwan Scandal, recorded average viewership rating of 2.9%, and SBS broadcast special feature for Salaryman Cho Han Ji, recorded average viewership rating of 5.9%.