K-Drama Review: When Queens Battle for a Throne on ‘The Great Queen Seon-deok’

Soundtrack

선덕여왕-The Great Queen Seondeok
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The Rising Empire

 

Dreams

 

낭장결의 (Colonic)

 

하눌나리 (Hanul Nari)

 

덕만 테마 (Duckman Theme)

 

Destruction Of The Kingdom

 

가질 수 없는.. 안을 수 없는.. (I can’t have it. I can’t hold it.)

 

사라(紗羅)

 

People of God

 

바람꽃 (Wind Flower) – IU

 

Passo Dopo Passo

 

비재(比才) Rain ash

 

도리안 (Dorian) (到離岸)

 

Even Though I Know (아라로) – IU

 

발밤발밤 (Balm balm)

 

달을 가리운 해 (The sun over the moon)

 

미실 테마(Missile Theme)

 

유리잔 (Shot glass)

 

Main

 

Rating Progress

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Episode Original Broadcast date TNMS ratings AGB ratings
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 25 May 2009 16.0% 17.1% 15.3% 16.8%
2 26 May 2009 16.6% 17.8% 15.5% 17.2%
3 1 June 2009 21.3% 23.3% 18.2% 20.3%
4 2 June 2009 22.3% 23.8% 20.3% 21.7%
5 8 June 2009 21.6% 23.7% 20.6% 23.8%
6 9 June 2009 25.2% 27.1% 23.3% 25.2%
7 15 June 2009 27.9% 30.0% 25.8% 27.3%
8 16 June 2009 29.7% 32.0% 26.9% 29.1%
9 22 June 2009 28.1% 30.0% 25.8% 27.6%
10 23 June 2009 27.9% 29.4% 25.5% 26.8%
11 29 June 2009 29.4% 30.8% 27.8% 29.4%
12 30 June 2009 29.2% 30.5% 29.1% 30.7%
13 6 July 2009 29.9% 31.6% 29.0% 30.9%
14 7 July 2009 31.0% 31.9% 30.0% 31.8%
15 13 July 2009 31.6% 32.8% 30.9% 33.5%
16 14 July 2009 31.7% 33.5% 31.0% 34.0%
17 20 July 2009 30.7% 32.0% 30.4% 32.8%
18 21 July 2009 32.8% 34.4% 30.5% 32.6%
19 27 July 2009 32.7% 34.1% 32.0% 34.0%
20 28 July 2009 34.9% 36.0% 34.6% 36.3%
21 3 August 2009 31.9% 33.2% 29.7% 31.2%
22 4 August 2009 35.4% 36.4% 33.2% 35.5%
23 10 August 2009 37.5% 39.6% 35.6% 38.0%
24 11 August 2009 39.5% 41.7% 38.0% 40.5%
25 17 August 2009 39.0% 40.4% 37.6% 39.1%
26 18 August 2009 42.0% 44.3% 39.7% 41.7%
27 24 August 2009 40.3% 41.7% 38.4% 41.1%
28 25 August 2009 42.0% 43.6% 41.0% 43.1%
29 31 August 2009 42.2% 44.7% 40.0% 41.5%
30 1 September 2009 42.1% 44.4% 41.7% 44.0%
31 7 September 2009 43.5% 45.4% 39.7% 42.3%
32 8 September 2009 40.6% 42.9% 38.4% 39.8%
33 14 September 2009 40.6% 42.1% 39.9% 41.7%
34 15 September 2009 42.3% 43.9% 40.0% 43.2%
35 21 September 2009 41.6% 44.6% 40.8% 44.4%
36 22 September 2009 39.6% 41.1% 38.9% 42.3%
37 28 September 2009 39.1% 40.3% 36.9% 39.9%
38 29 September 2009 39.5% 40.4% 38.2% 40.6%
39 5 October 2009 39.3% 40.6% 39.2% 41.3%
40 6 October 2009 39.6% 40.6% 39.7% 43.4%
41 12 October 2009 38.1% 39.9% 38.1% 40.3%
42 13 October 2009 38.0% 38.8% 37.9% 40.2%
43 19 October 2009 38.3% 38.8% 37.2% 39.3%
44 20 October 2009 37.6% 38.7% 37.8% 40.4%
45 26 October 2009 39.3% 41.5% 38.3% 40.9%
46 27 October 2009 40.8% 43.0% 39.4% 42.3%
47 2 November 2009 41.7% 43.7% 39.6% 42.1%
48 3 November 2009 42.4% 44.1% 40.2% 42.6%
49 9 November 2009 44.9% 46.7% 43.6% 45.8%
50 10 November 2009 44.4% 46.1% 43.3% 45.7%
51 16 November 2009 42.3% 44.4% 39.0% 42.2%
52 17 November 2009 37.7% 39.1% 38.1% 41.1%
53 23 November 2009 35.0% 36.1% 34.8% 37.4%
54 24 November 2009 36.5% 38.3% 34.1% 36.8%
55 30 November 2009 35.3% 36.0% 35.3% 37.8%
56 1 December 2009 36.9% 38.0% 34.5% 37.4%
57 7 December 2009 38.0% 39.1% 34.0% 36.2%
58 8 December 2009 36.2% 37.9% 34.4% 35.7%
59 14 December 2009 35.8% 36.4% 32.3% 33.9%
60 15 December 2009 35.8% 37.4% 32.8% 34.5%
61 21 December 2009 35.1% 37.1% 32.3% 34.5%
62 22 December 2009 37.7% 39.7% 35.7% 38.5%
Special 28 December 2009 12.5% 12.3% 13.4% 14.7%
Average 35.1% 36.6% 33.6% 35.8%

Award Achievements

The Great Queen SeondeokThe Great Queen Seondeok
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The series became a huge hit and even reached ratings of 40%. Of course ‘The Great Queen Seondeok’ deserves the following awards:

2009 Grimae Awards
  • Daesang: Kim Geun-hong, Park Hong-kyun
  • Best Actress: Lee Yo-won
2009 MBC Drama Awards
  • Daesang/Grand Prize: Go Hyun-jung
  • Top Excellence Award, Actress: Lee Yo-won
  • Top Excellence Award, Actor: Uhm Tae-woong
  • Excellence Award, Actor: Kim Nam-gil
  • Golden Acting Award, Supporting Actor: Ahn Gil-kang
  • Golden Acting Award, Supporting Actress: Seo Young-hee
  • Best New Actor: Yoo Seung-ho, Lee Seung-hyo
  • PD Award: Shin Goo
  • Best Young Actress: Nam Ji-hyun
  • Writer of the Year: Kim Young-hyun and Park Sang-yeon
  • Best Couple Award: Kim Nam-gil and Lee Yo-won
  • Viewer’s Favorite Drama of the Year: Queen Seondeok
2010 Korea Producers & Directors’ (PD) Awards
  • PD Award, Acting category: Go Hyun-jung
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Daesang/Grand Prize, TV category: Go Hyun-jung
  • Best New Actor, TV category: Kim Nam-gil
2010 37th Korea Broadcasting Awards
  • Best Actress: Go Hyun-jung
2010 5th Seoul International Drama Awards
  • Best Series Drama
  • Outstanding Korean Drama category – Outstanding Korean Actress: Go Hyun-jung
  • Outstanding Korean Drama category – Outstanding Korean Screenwriter: Kim Young-hyun, Park Sang-yeon