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Japanese Anime TV Ranking, December 29-January 4

posted on by Egan Loo
Gokusen, Major marathons dominate charts in slow holiday week

A special year-end marathon of the live-action drama adaptation of Kozueko Morimoto's Gokusen school comedy manga took four spots on the top 10 television drama chart in Japan from December 29 to January 4. The December 30 episodes earned a 9.5 rating in the first three and a half hours, and a 9.9 rating in the last three hours. The marathon ended on December 31 with 10.7 and 12.7 ratings. NHK's annual Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Red and White Song Battle) singing competition, which was co-hosted by Gokusen star Yukie Nakama, ranked as the most-watched program of the week with a 35.7 rating in the first half and a 42.1 rating in the second.

The final episode of the live-action television drama adaptation of Masanori Morita's Rookies manga earned a 9.5 rating when it reran on December 31 at 2:30 p.m. Two weeks after the third movie based on Tite Kubo's Bleach manga opened in Japanese theaters, the original Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody reran on television on January 3 at 8:00 a.m. It earned a 2.4 rating.

Title Station Date Time Length Average
Household Rating
Sazae-san Fuji TV January 4 (Sun) 18:30 30 min. 19.5
Chibi Maruko-chan Fuji TV January 4 (Sun) 18:00 30 min. 15.3
New Year's Eve Doraemon: Farewell, Year of the Rat! It Will Be 30 Years Old Next Year Special TV Asahi December 31 (Wed) 18:00 144 min. 8.7
Anime Major NHK-E January 3 (Sat) 10:30 25 min. 5.1
Anime Major (final episode) NHK-E January 3 (Sat) 10:55 25 min. 5.0
Anime Major NHK-E January 3 (Sat) 10:05 25 min. 4.9
Anime Major NHK-E January 3 (Sat) 9:40 25 min. 4.3
Anime Major NHK-E January 3 (Sat) 9:15 25 min. 4.2
Anime Major NHK-E January 1 (Thurs) 10:55 25 min. 4.0
Inazuma Eleven TV Tokyo January 4 (Sun) 9:00 30 min. 4.0

Source: Video Research (Kanto region)

This article has a follow-up: Japanese Anime TV Ranking, January 5-11 (2009-01-23 22:09)
follow-up of Japanese Anime TV Ranking, December 22-28
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