SBS’s 60-episode series Giant wrapped with a massive 38.2% rating today, ending its seven-month run on an all-time high. Not only that, the finale rating is also a sizable 5.5% jump from its previous high last week (which it drew with its 58th episode).

It’s enough to make you wonder how high Giant could have gone had it not had to deal with steady competition from Dong Yi throughout its first half; Giant stayed firmly in the lower 20% range till that drama ended, after which it enjoyed its constant climb.

That also means lower numbers than usual for its two competitor dramas: MBC’s comedic Queen of Reversals only dropped a bit with a 9.8%, but KBS’s fluffy romance Mary Stayed Out All Night hit a new low with 5.7%. Ouch. Although I don’t suppose a low-key romance with a meandering plot could compare with the finale of an intense drama that has been building to a climax for the past 60 episodes. No matter how cute Jang Geun-seok and Moon Geun-young are at playing giddy young lovers.

(Note: The above are AGB numbers, for consistency’s sake, but according to TNS reports Giant performed even higher with a 40.1% rating, while Queen of Reversals had a 9.6% and Mary Stayed Out All Night a 5.1%.)

Following Giant, we (FINALLY!) have the premiere of IRIS spinoff Athena: Goddess of War. After months (and months and months) of teasing, the 20-episode action-spy drama premieres next Monday, December 13. I’d almost forgotten about it in recent weeks because I’d grown so tired of hearing the same promo stuff without anything new, but now that it’s almost upon us, I’m hoping it’ll live up to its hype. Though anything with that much hype is facing an uphill climb.

cr: Dramabeans