More than a month has passed since Descendants of the Sun officially concluded, yet it is still one of the most-popular K-dramas still talked about presently. The drama series, produced by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), was extremely ambitious, as the risk to create it was monumentally high. Ultimately, Descendants of the Sun not only paid back what was put into it, but paid even more. Its average viewership rating within the Seoul National Capital Area was 41 percent while the nation of South Korea was at about 37 percent. As a matter of fact, Descendants of the Sun was so popular, KBS ordered a three-part special, which featured an epilogue after the finale, to be aired right after the series concluded.
It should also be noted that Descendants of the Sun was not only popular in South Korea, but among the international K-drama fan base, especially in China. To understand how popular the series was, there have been over 400 million views on iQiyi, a video streaming site which streamed Descendants of the Sun, as reported by CNBC. With that in mind, it was a huge event for Chinese K-drama fans when Song Joong Ki, the male lead of the drama, who played Captain Yoo Si Jin, had a fan meeting set for those fans. Fortunately for them, they got more than they asked for as Song Hye Kyo, the female lead, who played Doctor Kang Mo Yeon, made a surprise visit to join Joong Ki.