Kohaku Uta Gassen Ratings Improve Over Last Year

On New Year’s Eve, the 67th Kohaku Uta Gassen aired. The ratings for the show are now in. There was an improvement in ratings over last year, which was the lowest rated edition in the show’s history. The 67th Kohaku Uta Gassen’s average rating was 37.65% in the Kanto region, an improvement over the previous year’s 37%. The first half of the show received a rating of 35.1% compared to 34.8% for the previous edition. The second half of the 67th edition garnered a rating of 40.2%, while the 66th edition’s second half’s rating was 39.2%.

The highest rated moment of the 67th Kohaku Uta Gassen occurred at 11:42 PM when it was decided that the Red Team won. At this moment, viewership was at 44.8%. It was a shocking moment due to the fact that the White Team had been ahead in voting by the TV and venue audience. Even Red Team moderator Arimura Kasumi was surprised by the Red Team win, given how certain she was the White Team would win.

The highest rated artist moment was at 11:35 PM, during Arashi’s performance. The rating at this moment was 43.7%. There were also two second place artist moments. One was during Hoshino Gen’s performance of “Koi” when the viral dance that accompanies the song was performed. The other was during Piko-Taro’s performance of “PPAP” which borrowed elements from the movie “Shin Godzilla” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9.”

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  • Comments

    • kat

      I’m still confused about the red team winning! How does that work?

      • abc

        TV vote – 2 balls
        Audience vote – 2 ball
        10 special judge – 10 balls
        1 judge ( Furusato ) – 1 ball
        WHITE TEAM – 9 vote from special judge – TOTAL 9 balls
        RED TEAM – 6 balls

        • Kiang Sheryl

          so why did red team win when they have less balls

          • light

            Op must have mixed the teams up, Red team got 9 balls (all from the judges) while White 6 (2 from judges, 2 from tv vote and 2 from audience).
            I honestly don’t remember if they used this method the other years though…

            • Kat

              it just feels like it used to be a lot more simple! but maybe i just didn’t pay too much attention to the results before…

              • Kanjo Maru

                It actually did become more complicated. I think viewers used to only have one ball and one for the audience as well

    • mamoswine1

      Red team’s performance was great the appearance of Utada is nice too; although I think that night viewers prefer the white team

      • Kanjo Maru

        Probably not. White team supporters (JA fangirls I guess) seemingly got riled up after seeing red open with a lead

        • mamoswine1

          ah I see so they can’t accept that the Red Team is the best for the night?

          • Kanjo Maru

            It would be very wrong to pretend it is a fact, but I think that was a big factor.

    • suezu

      congrats for arashi as ootori and get the highest rating! hoshino gen also so cute! <3

    • light

      It was a nice show =) but I didn’t really care about the whole Godzilla thing lol
      More NinoxNaomi/Beyoncé please, i loved them!

      • REMISU

        I know Naomi’s part was so short… :(

    • Risa

      I thought I read somewhere that ratings in Kansai were worse this year? I’ll try to find the article and post it, although it’s in Japanese.

    • circe154

      I’m glad we can finally retire PPAP now.

      • mio

        his album sold 20,000. he’s not going anywhere. :(

        • circe154

          He’s a novelty act. He’ll be forgotten within 6 months. Just like those Tarako kids.

          • Exactly. Where is 2015’s novelty act, Kumamushi, now?

            • REMISU

              Omg forgot all about kumamushi…

            • yamakita

              Who?

                • Kanjo Maru

                  (I thought that was a joke)

                • yamakita

                  Was emphasizing on your point, but I also didn’t know who he was so thx for the tip!

        • HyperMoot .

          between 30,000 and 35,000. That’ll mean a little money for a guy who entertained many with a funny-silly idea and was robbed off the dollars YouTube made of countless views.

      • Dave Liu

        PPAP is just a meme

    • H

      Utada (even though a video performance felt impersonal) and Kinki being included this year helped a bit.

      • What do you mean by “video performance”?

        • Kanjo Maru

          That she streamed from London.

          • yamakita

            Yeah, she can only sound decent in a controlled environment. Her other live performances on TV always sound crappy like she’s out of breath and has no voice.

            • Kanjo Maru

              For now I’ll give her a pass on that end because London is really far away, but as a viewer I want to see artists on stage.

              I wish they’d drop Fukuyama Masaharu, too, unless he shows up.

              • yamakita

                She doesn’t sound decent when she performs on Music Station… same problem with Nakashima Mika. I do give them credit for not using backing tracks, however.

            • honey girl

              You haven’t watched any of her lives this era, have you?

              • HyperMoot .

                Come on, that’s exactly what he’s looking for ! He’s been on nearly everyone for months (Ayu, Hikki, SMAP whoever)

              • yamakita

                I’ve been to her concert and watched several Music Station performances…

    • Lol

      Omedetou aiba chan…you did great as a host

      • Aibo

        He was wonderful. I hope they will hire him again for the next Kohaku.

        Arashi also got 45.8% in Kansai region. Both Arashi’s peak was during One Love and the news said people tune in because of Aiba’s tears lol. Hopefully we’ll see his winning tears next year end.

        • yamakita

          I doubt he would be picked as a host again. I just don’t want them to pick another Arashi member then White Team wins because it will look like Aiba failed when he didn’t!!!

          • brewingstorm

            I think it’ll be great if Arashi as a group gets to host (maybe not immediately this year, give them a rest LOL), and hopefully if the white team wins Leader will let Aiba hold the flag (or at least share hahah) <3

            • Aibo

              I prefer individual members taking on the challenge especially Aiba for next year. Kohaku reminds me of Aiba Japan challenge on Shiyagare, only in large scale.

        • Lol

          My bitterself hope arashi reject any kouhaku mc gig actually..they only were used for rating…

          • Aibo

            They are the nation’s top celebrity and are capable hosts. Being “used” as a ratings booster comes with their job because its a reality they are that valuable.

        • REMISU

          A lot of Japanese people were criticizing Aiba actually, and saying he did poorly.

          Of course, I thought he did fine.

          Everything was just really rushed because there was a lot to show and a lot to say in a limited amount of time.

          • ss.s

            Unlike last year, Aiba had no help in hosting. He had to hold his own AND help Arimura along. The mediator, Takeda was as good as a lamp post, just standing there with nothing to say. Compare that to last year where Inocchi’s partner on Asaichi, Yumiko Udo being the mediator participated actively, even announcing acts.

            I say he did just fine considering the circumstance, also with him having even less time to prepare compared to last year’s hosts, and his extremely busy schedule.

            • REMISU

              Like I said. I thought he did fine. I agree with you.

              i’m just pointing out that a lot of people in Japan were criticizing him on social media.

              • ss.s

                Well, he can’t please everyone. And I’m sure that some people had valid reason for criticizing him. And there’s also the occasional Johnnys haters. But there’s also people who criticize for the sake of criticizing, without seeing that he was clearly at a disadvantage (compared to Inocchi) with 2 first-timers and a thicker script.

                • REMISU

                  Yeah.

          • light

            Most of the comments i saw from netizens were criticizing his voice, saying that it wasn’t clear enough for an mc. I can’t really judge that since my japanese is super poor at best, but I thought he did fine even if he was clearly nervous and fumbled a couple of times.
            Having Arimura didn’t help, with zero experience as mc.

    • REMISU

      The whole red team winning over the white which had received more votes from the audience & viewers reminded me of Hillary vs. trump. Lol

      • Dave Liu

        LOL, red team win is very surprising, indeed. But Trump vs Hillary is different, i saw Trump filled up stadiums in most of his rallies. I’m seriously fucking glad he won.

      • HyperMoot .

        maybe the difference is that in terms of World Trade the impact of the Red Team victory won’t be that big if compared to Trumpy-Trump victory?

    • HoneyBeat

      This just makes me feel even worse for Inocchi… :/ I guess that’s to be expected with Arashi though.

      • yamakita

        He kinda sucked because he was just boring.

        • HoneyBeat

          I can still feel bad for the dude. Thanks though.

    • So Aiba did a good job….and what’s her name.

      • Historia Lenz

        LOL @ what’s her name XD

    • Dave Liu

      I thought KinKi got 47.5% in a certain region?

    • SMAPPAP

      Lbr, people were probably expecting a miraculous appearance of SMAP.

    • Jolie

      Of course ratings improved. Bitch, I was watching. After 10 years.

    • Aibo

      The graph for most of peak ratings
      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C1XUvZ4UQAAvyTE?format=jpg&name=large
      I’m on mobile so image might not show up

    • feburi

      first time watching kouhaku… nigehaji effects