It seems Empress is turning a corner as far as its latest ratings by viewers in South Korea ,most recent ratings are in the 15 to 17 percent group ,Also the drama seems to be improving discarding the action styled romp of prior episodes for a more Malice in the Palace styled Court Drama . By and large though i think the damage has been done for a complete vindication by the general public but myself i was very impressed with episodes 44/45 and would be very happy if it continues as such ,though i always have that niggling fear that the romps may not be over yet . We almost had a pop song free drama but alas not sadly ,the crooner strikes .
I’m up to about the same episodes, and this show is definitely way better now. It’s still mostly fiction, of course, but they’ve managed to get past the silliness, and have turned it into a pretty engrossing drama show.
If you’ve come along this far, it’s well worth sticking it out.