Audience ratings: the way Japan knows which shows are hot, and which are not. Which shows and actors to throw bags with yen signs on them, or which to stick at a 1:35 AM time slot in between 2 infomercials. Normally, these numbers probably never even cross your mind, regardless of how big a J-drama fanatic you are. 13.4% rating for episode 4 of “SUMMER NUDE”? I highly doubt an audience rating party with rivers of alcohol will follow at your apartment that night.
However it does lead to my following and highly non-math related conclusion
Shows with higher ratings = High popularity
High popularity = Many people like it
Many people like it = Higher chance that you may like it
Higher chance that you may like it = Higher chance you will watch it
Higher chance you will watch it = Freaking AWESOME Japanese
Nice concept, but are you really going to hunt down audience ratings for individual TV shows and try to find shows you like?
The hunt has already been completed for you!
Welcome to http://artv.info, which has to be the most poorly chosen domain name, and the first domain name I’ve ever seen that uses .info (great job Japan!)
What this site does is simple. It has taken every season of J-dramas (that’s 4 per year) since 2003, and has set them up in an easy to view format:
It includes a breakdown by:
– TV station
– Per episode audience rating
– Drama average audience rating
– Per season audience rating (averaging all shows that season)
Click on a specific drama, and get even more info:
– J-drama’s homepage (occasionally the homepages are broken on the older dramas)
– Theme song for the show
I like the non-bloated, highly informative but easy interface of this website.
Any of you ever use audience ratings before? Thinking about trying out? You know you want to. You can now freely search for the highest rated TV shows of the past decade and lavish in their supposedly high entertainment value. You’ll also get a chance to see some of the most over-rated dramas of all time. And there are a lot.
(Updated 10/1/2013): If you are looking for something like this for Anime, check out http://www.geocities.jp/animesityouritu/ or http://1st.geocities.jp/june_2007_taste/saikou.html. They are not as thorough, but does a pretty decent job.