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'Ruler' leads mid-week TV drama race

All Headlines 09:47 June 02, 2017

SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) -- "Ruler: Master of The Mask," MBC TV's weekday period drama, remained on top of the Wednesday-Thursday late night drama race, data showed Friday.

Episodes 15 and 16 of "Ruler," which aired Thursday evening, recorded 12 percent and 13.6 percent viewerships, respectively, according to Nielsen Korea.

The show is broadcast in a new programming format in which a one-hour conventional TV episode is spliced into two half-hour airings with ads inserted into the middle.

The plot of "Ruler" revolves around a crown prince named Lee Seon of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) -- played by rising star actor Yoo Seung-ho -- who has been raised wearing a mask since infancy to conceal his identity due to mysterious circumstances.

He wages a war against a technocratic guild known as "Pyeonsoohoe," which seeks to privatize the public water supply for personal gain.

Former child actress Kim So-hyun plays the crown prince's love interest Han Ga-eun and L of boy band INFINITE is cast as the prince's confidant peasant. Veteran actor Huh Joon-ho stars as the main antagonist Daemok, who heads Pyeonsoohoe.

Episodes 11 and 12 of SBS TV's romantic comedy "Suspicious Partner" clocked in at 8.4 percent and 9.3 percent, respectively, and Episode two of "Queen for Seven Days," a new KBS 2TV period drama, stood at 5.7 percent.

A promotional image for "Ruler: Master of The Mask" (Yonhap)

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