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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 05/10~05/12

    May 13, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

    [caption id="attachment_296592" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=" 'Otenki Oneesan' (TV Asahi)"][/caption] It was a mediocre weekend for the dramas. Two out of the four prime time spring dramas improved compared to the previous weekend. 'Otenki Oneesan' (TV Asahi) recorded a rise of 0.9% and 'TAKE FIVE' (TBS) had a gain of merely 0.6%. The other two dramas lost viewers, among which '35 Sai no Koukousei' (NTV) received the big

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 05/02~05/05

    May 8, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    [caption id="attachment_296229" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'Doubles ~ Futari no Keiji' (TV Asahi)"][/caption] The lack of viewers during the Golden Week holidays influenced the ratings, but the unfavorable placing of the public holidays lessened the effect a bit this year. There was even one drama that gained quite a few viewers this weekend. 'Yae no Sakura', NHK's taiga drama, managed to gain 2.0% this Sunday and reac

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 04/26~04/28

    May 1, 2013 @ 5:04 am

    [caption id="attachment_295692" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'TAKE FIVE' (TBS)"][/caption] It was the beginning of the Golden Week with the first holiday on April 29th, which meant a busy weekend - although not particularly in front of the TV. Fortunately the peak of the holiday traffic is only expected on the next weekend with a holiday on Friday and Monday. The TV ratings haven't been affected that much, at least so fa

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 04/19~04/21

    April 23, 2013 @ 3:50 am

    [caption id="attachment_295063" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'Sora Tobu Kouhoushitsu' (TBS)"][/caption] The first episode of the Friday drama 'TAKE FIVE' (TBS) was the only spring premiere over the weekend. The thief drama starring Karasawa Toshiaki recorded an unspectacular rating of 12.3%, although it's not exactly a bad rating for this drama time slot at 10:00 pm. The rest of the weekend dramas experienced a disillusi

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  • Prime Time Drama Preview – Spring 2013

    April 4, 2013 @ 1:21 am

    The upcoming spring season for dramas is just around the corner. During the break between the seasons it is time for the networks to promote their upcoming dramas as much as they can in order to attract as many viewers as possible for their season premieres. What happens after that depends on how viewers experience the framework consisting of the story, the acting, and the pacing. Is the story compelling enough to make you want to watch the

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  • Furuta Arata to star in a serial drama for the first time

    February 25, 2013 @ 2:59 am

    Actor Furuta Arata (47) will star in Fuji TV's new serial drama "Machigawarechatta Otoko"(lit. 'A man who was mistaken'). Furuta is the box-office star of theatrical troupe 'Gekidan☆Shinkansen'. He has appeared in many stage plays, movies, and dramas, however, this will mark his first starring serial drama 29 years after he debuted. Furuta will team up with KAT-TUN's Nakamaru Yuichi (29) for the drama. The drama is a humane comedy based on

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