The 68th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen Bombs in the Ratings

On December 31, the 68th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen aired. Despite efforts to increase the number of viewers, the show still flopped, with an average rating in the Kanto region of 37.6% (last year 37.65%).

In the Kanto region, the rating for the first half of the show was 35.8% (last year 35.1%), while the rating for the second half of the show was 39.4% (last year 40.2%). The second half rating is the third worst in the show’s history.

Kohaku’s ratings have certainly plummeted since its heyday last century.


But there is a bright spot in all of this: Namie Amuro’s performance garnered a rating of 48.4%, making her performance the most watched part of the show. The top 10 performances:

1. Namie Amuro: 48.4%

2. Yuzu: 46.4%

3. Kuwata Keisuke: 45.8%

4. Sayuri Ishikawa: 45.3%

5. Hikawa Kiyoshi: 43.3%

6. Arashi: 42.4%

7. Takahashi Mariko: 42.2%

8. Elephant Kashimashi: 41.3%

9. AKB48: 41.2%

10. X JAPAN: 40.4%


Source, source, source, source