Gokusen Reaches Record Popularity

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
27.3 % Audience Rating

Japan Today reports that the Gokusen live-action tv drama series, which airs on NTV on Saturday nights, recently earned a record 27.3% audience rating on February 19th and maintains a rating above 25% most weeks. The series is based on the Gokusen manga, which has also been adapted into a Gokusen anime series (available from Media Blasters).

Actress Yukie Nakama, who plays the main character, Yankumi, reportedly earns 2 million yen (US$19,000) an episode, which, while small compared the the US$1 million that the cast of friends received for each episode, is considered a top range salary for a Japanese TV actor.

The Gokusen TV series first aired for 12 episodes in 2002, followed by a TV special in 2003. The second series started airing this past January, with the final episode expected on March 19th. NTV is considering an additional special episode, for which Nakama could earn 3 million yen.

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