Use J-Drama Audience Ratings to Find Interesting Shows — 10 Comments

  1. Looks interesting. I’m going to have to try this out. I think probably the most difficult thing about finding good Japanese entertainment is sifting through the mountains of shows available. This seems like a nice tool.

    • It is always a challenge so I think this is a nice additional way to find your way through the massive J-drama world.. And I’ve been finding this especially useful to discover older dramas that don’t get much attention anymore.

  2. – Time (yeah, this isn’t so relevant . . .)

    It is though. It matters whether the drama with the lower than 10% ratings is a getsu-kyu or a late night drama, just like it matters whether the drama is a Kimutaku drama or a *insert less relevant actor here* drama. A 15% rating for a primetime drama isn’t anything special, but 15% for a late night drama is.

    Also I’ve noticed detective/police dramas tend to do well ratings-wise, but they’re not /my/ favorite, so ratings definitely can’t tell you everything. I guess it’s a nice place to start though, if you’re new to j-dramas and you don’t know what type of drama/actors/actresses you like.

    • Excellent point I didn’t consider. I removed it from the post to reflect that it can actually be very relevant.

      Thank you for this addition!

  3. This site is awesome. I would pay attention to the last episode as opposed to the average because shows will get matinees during the weekday and gain or lose interest as they go. Great examples from last season are how under watched Woman was, but the final episode spikes at 16.4. Also you can see SUMMER NUDE was a one episode wonder getting a 17.4 the first episode but losing for the rest of the season.

    This solves a major issue I’ve had with trying to follow Japanese TV. You might find a show you like, but they’ll never make a sequel and you might find an actor or actress you like that goes on to make nothing but crappy shows. At least with this you can pick out stuff that kept people’s attention.

    Has anyone seen similar sites for anime or manga?

      • That second link is actually super interesting. サザエさん, which shows up as the #3 most watched anime of all time, is actually super fun to watch and now that I think about it I don’t know why it’s not recommended to learners more. It has a lot of the qualities of よつばと! in the fact that it’s kids questioning societal norms and them being taught what’s expected.

        I think for now I’ll stick to the original Pokemon series on Hulu, but I’ll definitely save those links. Thanks!

  4. Nice way stack things in your favor against Sturgeon’s law!

    I assume anyone interested in anime already knows about Anime News Network, but people might not know that that they maintain a comprehensive encyclopedia of anime and manga, including rankings and a running top 50 list. It’s not nearly as comprehensive as artv, and of course these are ratings by an English-speaking audience based on subbed or dubbed versions. Still, it might be a place to look for suggestions.

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