Dramas saw some recovery in their ratings this week, since Japanese interest in the Olympics is front-heavy. That is, the events that Japanese tend to do well in, like swimming, gymnastics, and judo, are in the first week of the Olympics. There was still enough interest in the Olympics to skew results, though, so we’ll have to wait until next week to get a proper read on the popularity of these dramas. For now, let’s see how well each one began to bounce back.

You can get complete coverage of the drama ratings as well as Olympic ratings at TokyoHive here. Thanks to HPriest for all the hard work. I’m only keeping track of my slate of dramas (the ones I’ve considered doing reviews for) for this season.

Prime Time Shows

GTO  (01) 15.1%, (02) 13.3%, (03) 12.3%, (04) 13.9%, (05) 11.5%, (06) 12.1%

Iryu Sosa 2  (01) 13.3%, (02) 13.7%, (03) 11.6%, (04) 10.1%

Ghost Mama Sousasen  (01) 15.2%, (02) 11.0%, (03) 11.0%, (04) 9.5%, (05) 10.3%

Kuro no Onna Kyoushi  (01) 12.9%, (02) 10.4%, (03) 8.8%, (04) 9.4%

Summer Rescue  (01) 14.7%, (02) 11.6%, (03) 10.1%, (04) 6.8%

Beginners!  (01) 8.5%, (02) 9.9%, (03) 5.9%, (04) 7.0%

Naniwa Shounen Tanteidan  (01) 7.8%, (02) 6.0%, (03) 5.6%, (04) 7.1%, (05) 5.5%, (06) 6.4%

Boys on the Run  (01) 7.5%, (02) 5.4%, (03) 7.3%, (04) 3.9%, (05) 4.1%

Late Night Shows

Sprout  (01) 02.4%, (02) 02.5%, (03) 2.9%, (04) 2.6%, (05) 2.1%, (06) 2.9%

GTO is still running lower than where I thought it would be. Its main competition is from Iryu Sosa and the seventh season of Keishicho Sosa Ikka 9 Gakari, which are both crime dramas.

I watched the first episode of Iryu Sosa with the intention of writing a review, but couldn’t think of much to say. It wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t good. My response was entirely lukewarm, and that doesn’t give me enough energy to write about a series. I thought that the cast and premise would be good enough to keep it bulletproof, but I wonder how its post-Olympic recovery will go.

I stopped reviewing Ghost Mama Sousasen because I couldn’t stand the main character, but she seems to have enough of a following among Japanese viewers to keep the show in double-digits going forward.

Kuro no Onna Kyoushi is picking up again, and I think it’ll be back in the top-tier next week.

Summer Rescue didn’t air a new episode this week due to the Olympics, so that big drop between episodes three and four came during week one of the Olympics. Maybe they should have delayed that fourth episode, as well.

Beginners! saw a nice uptick after a week off between episode three and four. It and Naniwa Shounen Tanteidan are in that uncomfortable middle ground between five and ten percent.

That’s better than where Boys on the Run is, though. If any show needed a boost this time, Boys on the Run was it, and it didn’t get it. It looked too weird for me, and it looks like it might have been too weird for a lot of people.

Sprout got back to the average set by its predecessor in the same time slot – Shiritsu Bakarea Koukou. Since it’s hard to judge late night ratings, I think that’s a pretty decent benchmark to go with.

I hope you all enjoyed the Olympics. In medal count, Japan had its best Olympics ever (38), though its gold medal count (7) dropped from Athens (16) and Beijing (9). Both the men and women soccer teams showed remarkable strength, even if both teams will return home feeling like they could have done better. I look forward to the continuing rivalry between the United States and Japan in women’s soccer, and to further growth in the Japanese men’s team.