The Turkish soap opera about Suleyman the Magnificient is popular in my country too. But, if someone starts following it (i watch it sometimes too), it will quickly conclude that Suleyman is far from Magnificient. In fact, from that serial, it can be concluded his wife Roxelana (Hurem Sultana) was the one that can be called Magnificient Sultana, because she was the one that achieved everything she wanted by manipulating with everyone, even Suleyman himself.
I never watched it - someone I know shared this "manea" on FB and I found it "magnificent" in its own way.
If the soap also has a feminist kick to it, I guess that explains its popularity with the ladies.
It is popular here, males and females watch it. It is not feminist, in fact it blames a woman (Hurem Sultana) about many bad things that happened in the Ottoman Empire.
Unfortunately, many things in that novel are not historically accurate. There are things which i never met in historical sources. And also, the novel is focused too much about the things in the harem, which sometimes is very boring.