Yu Zheng’s “Palace 3” Sets Ratings Record for This Year
After its first three episodes aired on Hunan Satellite TV on March 8, Palace 3 <宮鎖連城> shot to the top of the viewership rankings for evening television dramas, setting a new ratings record for a series’ initial broadcast.
Palace 3, also known as Palace: The Lost Daughter, is the third installment in screenwriter/producer Yu Zheng’s (于正) popular Palace series, which began with Yang Mi’s (楊冪) Palace <宮鎖心玉> in 2011. On its first day of broadcast, Palace 3 topped the viewership chart, beating out another well-liked Hunan TV drama, The Wife’s Secret <妻子的秘密>, which stars Hawick Lau (劉愷威) and Zhao Liying (趙麗穎).
Thanks to its impressive viewership rating of 1.518, Palace 3 also set this year’s newest ratings record for a drama’s initial broadcast on a provincial-level television channel. In addition, the series’ first three episodes racked up more than 10 million views online.
When asked for their impressions of Palace 3, many viewers praised female lead Yuan Shanshan (袁姍姍), whose performance in the series took many of them by surprise. In the past, the actress has mostly portrayed characters who were weak and easily bullied. In Palace 3, however, Shanshan depicts Song Liancheng, a kind-hearted and lively young woman who is a bit of a prankster. Many netizens approved of her playing such a different type of character and said her acting had improved a lot.
Viewers also liked the innocent love story playing out between Song Liancheng and Lu Yi’s (陸毅) Fuchai Hengtai. In the most recent development, Liancheng and Hengtai shyly confessed their love for one another, which led to their first kiss. However, it has been hinted that the drama’s romance will take a darker turn, with many misfortunes in store for the couple.
“Palace 3” Trailer
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.