tvN’s “Encounter” is off to a fantastic start!

Starring Song Hye Kyo and Park Bo Gum, the drama is about two people of vastly different backgrounds and personalities who begin a whirlwind romance after a chance meeting in Cuba.

Its premiere on November 28 brought in viewership ratings of 8.7 percent with a peak at 10.1 percent according to Nielsen Korea.

“Encounter” now holds the title of having the highest viewership for the premiere of a tvN Wednesday-Thursday drama. Not only that, but it also went down as having the second highest viewership ratings for the premiere of a tvN drama overall, second only to the record held by “Mr. Sunshine” at 8.9 percent.

While ratings for cable dramas are aggregated in a slightly different manner, “Encounter” claimed the highest ratings among all Monday-Tuesday evening dramas across both cable and public broadcasting channels as well.

It performed strongly among tvN’s target audience of those in their 20s-40s, recording an average of 5.1 percent with at peak at 6.1 percent. It was particularly popular with female viewers ranging from teens to those in their 30s.

While not without its criticisms, “Encounter” brought in an undeniable interest, with Song Hye Kyo, Park Bo Gum, Cuba, sunset at Malecón, Havana, and other related terms rise on real-time search rankings during its broadcast.

SBS’s “The Last Empress” also continued strongly with ratings of 5.7 percent and 7.9 percent during its November 28 broadcast.

MBC’s “Children of Nobody” recorded 3.8 percent and 4.7 percent in viewership while KBS2’s “Feel Good to Die” brought in ratings of 2.4 percent and 3.5 percent. MBN’s “Love Alert” saw a viewership of 1.7 percent.

Check out the premiere of “Encounter” for yourself below!

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