Youku’s investment in Scarlet Heart: Ryeo is paying off: the epic drama has garnered over one billion views on the streaming website. And, as of this time, only episode 9 of the 20-episode series has even been released.

As we reported in August, the Chinese distributor shelled out $400,000 for each episode of the historical drama. That is triple the amount of Cheese in the Trap with airing rights sold at $125,000 per episode, and nearly double the amount of Descendants of the Sun and Uncontrollably Fond, which tied with airing rights sold at $250,000 per episode.

Lee Joon Ki who plays fourth prince, Wang So, acknowledged the milestone with an appreciative Instagram post. The lead actor posted the following: “Thank you 1 billion angel's !! Love You all”

One billion down, another billion to come.

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Scarlet Heart: Ryeo

Starring Lee Joon Ki and Lee Ji Eun (IU)

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