The slow but steady rise in ratings the last three weeks for KBS Mon-Tues sageuk The King’s Affection (Yeonmo) paid off as the most recent episode 12 this Tuesday broke 8% for the first time to hit 8.8%. Even better news is that this is a 20-episode drama so plenty of time left to see if it can try for double digits. Either way it’s clearly a bright light for the network and the industry as it shows a well-crafted story, even if it takes a bit to get going, can still be recognized by viewers gradually tuning in. Another Mon-Tues drama the tvN comedic procedural Secret Royal Inspector Joy started off last week in the 4% range for its premiere weekend and I said then that it will need to see the second week ratings to tell if domestic viewers like this intentionally goofy tone. The viewers have spoken and this week’s episodes 3-4 notched 5.257% and 5.060%. Sageuks in general cost a lot less to produce thanks to filming on set in folk villages, palaces, and the outdoors and also rarely needing special effects. With that it may continue the sageuk trend into 2022 if these lower budget productions bring in decent enough ratings to merit being a safer investment.