The BuppeSanNivas (Love Destiny) TV series has broken another ratings record with its final episode reaching 18.6 nationwide on Wednesday night.
The rating of 18.6 is the all-time high viewer score since Thailand’s digital-TV industry was fully rolled out a few years ago.
The viewer rating for Bangkok was 23.4.
Since the series went on air in February, its ratings continued climbing, repeatedly breaking records. It achieved phenomenon status, inspiring many Thais to wear traditional costumes and spurring huge public interest in the nation’s history.
The series has been based on a novel of the same name. Several of the characters are based on real-life historical figures, including King Narai and Greek Constantine Phaulkon, who lived in what is now Thailand more than three centuries ago.
The soul of the heroine, “Kedsurang”, is transported back in time from the modern Rattanakosin period to the Ayutthaya era to live inside the body of a beautiful woman named “Karaked”. There, she met and married her soul mate – an official in King Narai’s court.
Due to popularity, Channel 3 is set to broadcast special episodes.
The series is also being watched by audiences in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Korea, China and Russia, who are viewing a version with subtitles in their own language as well as in English.
Nakee, a TV series from Channel 3, was the previous ratings record champion in the digital-TV era. Its final episode’s nationwide rating of 17.2 set a record that was broken by BuppeSanNivas in late March.
Back in the age of analogue TV several decades ago, and prior to the era of online entertainment, the, Khu Kam TV series on Channel 7 hit a ratings record of 40.