Kim Ji-won's 'Queen of Tears' Breaks Records as K-dramas Surge in Popularity

Kim Ji-won's K-drama "Queen of Tears" broke viewership records, reaching a nationwide rating of 24.850% and becoming the highest-rated drama in tvN's history. The series' success has led to Kim Ji-won's rising star power, with international fan meetings and events added to her schedule.

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Kim Ji-won's 'Queen of Tears' Breaks Records as K-dramas Surge in Popularity

Kim Ji-won's 'Queen of Tears' Breaks Records as K-dramas Surge in Popularity

Kim Ji-won's latest K-drama, "Queen of Tears", has taken the world by storm, breaking viewership records and solidifying the actress's status as a rising star. The tvN series, which aired its final episode on April 28, 2024, reached a nationwide rating of 24.850%, becoming the highest-rated drama in the channel's history and surpassing the previous record held by "Crash Landing on You".

"Queen of Tears" tells the story of a married couple, played by Kim Ji-won and Kim Soo-hyun, as they navigate a tumultuous relationship on the brink of collapse. The series explores themes of marital discord, one-sided love, reconciliation, and revenge, captivating audiences with its gripping storyline and stellar performances. Kim Ji-won's portrayal of Hong Hae-in, a chaebol heiress running her family's department store empire, has garnered widespread praise.

The series not only broke records in South Korea but also made waves internationally. It ranked seventh in Netflix's Global Top 10 TV (Non-English) category just two days after its release and amassed a total of 373.2 million hours watched since its debut on March 9. "Queen of Tears" received a warm response in 12 countries, with 3.3 million hours watched by 1.2 million viewers in its first week alone.

The success of "Queen of Tears" is a testament to the growing popularity of K-dramas worldwide. With a total budget of ₩56 billion (US$48.95 million) and ₩3.5 billion (US$3.06 million) per episode, the series showcases the high production values and compelling storytelling that have become hallmarks of the genre. Written by Park Ji-eun and co-directed by Jang Young-woo and Kim Hee-won, "Queen of Tears" was produced by Studio Dragon, Culture Depot, and Showrunners.

The series' soundtrack, led by music director Nam Hye-seung, features an impressive lineup of artists, including BSS, 10cm, Heize, Crush, and even Kim Soo-hyun, who lent his voice for the first time in a decade. The soundtrack album, released on April 30, 2024, contains all the singles and background tracks from the series, further enhancing its emotional impact.

As Kim Ji-won's popularity soars, the actress has been busy with overseas events and fan meetings. On May 12, she was spotted leaving Korea for Singapore to attend the Bulgari Global New Perfume Launching Promotion. Her airport fashion, consisting of a simple all-white outfit paired with light blue long sleeves and a brown bag, was praised by netizens for its chic and minimalist vibe.

Due to the overwhelming response from international fans, Kim Ji-won's global fan meeting tour has added new cities, including Osaka and Tokyo in Japan. The actress will visit Osaka on July 7 and Tokyo on July 10, much to the delight of her Japanese fans, who have been captivated by her performance in "Queen of Tears".

With "Queen of Tears" breaking records and Kim Ji-won's star power on the rise, it is clear that K-dramas continue to captivate audiences around the globe. As Forbes noted, "Many K-dramas end with 'happily ever after', but Queen of Tears starts that way," highlighting the series' unique approach to storytelling. As the demand for quality Korean content grows, viewers can look forward to more groundbreaking and emotionally resonant dramas in the future.

Key Takeaways

  • "Queen of Tears" breaks records with 24.850% nationwide rating in South Korea.
  • The series reaches 373.2 million hours watched on Netflix globally.
  • Kim Ji-won's performance as Hong Hae-in garners widespread praise.
  • The series' soundtrack features an impressive lineup of artists, including Kim Soo-hyun.
  • Kim Ji-won's global fan meeting tour adds new cities, including Osaka and Tokyo.