MONSTERS is finished already!? Geez, I’d better catch up with reviews.  This season has felt much more disorganized than usual from my end – I’ll figure out how to get things smoother before the start of the season next year.

As for the ratings themselves, there’s no longer much to say. Doctor X is the runaway winner of the season, Priceless is second, and Aibou 11 is third. MONSTERS was a mild disappointment and Ooku even more so. Resident must have been announced for that time slot before Doctor X, because there was no way it was ready to go head-to-head against the Yonekura Ryoko hit in the same genre. Looks like viewers in that time slot saw a choice between two medical dramas and decisively chose one of them.

Otherwise, no big surprises this week.

You can get information on all of this season’s dramas (and plenty of prime time variety shows) at the most recent of the TokyoHive ratings articles here.

Prime Time Shows

Doctor X  (01) 18.6%, (02) 17.6%, (03) 17.4%, (04) 17.1%, (05) 17.7%, (06) 18.7%, (07) 20.1%

Priceless (01) 16.9%, (02) 18.8%, (03) 15.2%, (04) 18.4%, (05) 15.7%, (06) 18.1%, (07) 17.2%

Aibou 11  (01) 19.9%, (02) 17.3%, (03) 16.5%, (04) 15.0%, (05) 15.4%, (06) 16.4%, (07) 15.7%, (08) 14.0%

Akumu-chan  (01) 13.6%, (02) 10.7%, (03) 12.9%, (04) 10.4%, (05) 12.8%, (06) 11.5%, (07) 11.5%, (08) 11.5%, (09) 10.4%

MONSTERS  (01) 13.8%, (02) 13.4%, (03) 11.2%, (04) 11.5%, (05) 11.0%, (06) 10.3%, (07) 8.0%, (08) 13.5% (Finished)

Tokyo Airport  (01) 14.0%, (02) 9.4%, (03) 9.3%, (04) 9.6%, (05) 8.3%, (06) 8.1%, (07) 9.7%, (08) 12.0%, (09) 9.6%

Ooku  (01) 11.6%, (02) 10.6%, (03) 7.9%, (04) 7.6%, (05) 8.9%, (06) 9.0%, (07) 7.1%, (08) 7.0%, (09) 7.0%

Perfect Blue  (01) 9.0%, (02) 7.1%, (03) 9.2%, (04) 7.7%, (05) 7.9%, (06) 8.6%, (07) 6.2%, (08) 8.8%, (09) 8.6%

Koukou Nyushi  (01) 7.7%, (02) 6.3%, (03) 7.0%, (04) 4.9%, (05) 7.2%, (06) 5.9%, (07) 7.3%, (08) 6.9%, (09) 7.8%, (10) 5.2%

Resident  (01) 8.4%, (02) 6.2%, (03) 9.7%, (04) 5.6%, (05) 7.3%, (06) 4.4%, (07) 5.6%, (08) 5.6%

Late Night Shows

Poison  (01) 3.7%, (02) 3.5%, (03) 3.0%, (04) 3.3%, (05) 3.4%, (06) 4.3%, (07) 3.3%, (08) 4.5%, (09) 3.1%, (10) 2.5%

Piece  (01) 2.5%, (02) 3.4%, (03) 2.0%, (04) 1.8%, (05) 1.3%, (06) 2.5%, (07) 2.0%, (08) 2.2%, (09) 2.3%, (10) 1.6%

Not much to say, really. At least MONSTERS ended on a strong note – nearly reaching the number set by its first episode. I wonder where all those viewers were for the bulk of the series?

On the flip side, Piece fell below 2% again. While the show started to show signs of promise in the fifth episode, we still don’t have a good reason to care about the mystery. It’s not a murder mystery, as far as we know, and this is a lengthy process of discovery for something that didn’t involve murder, or even a clear crime. As far as I can tell, that’s the main fault of the story, because the characters are all better crafted than in the predecessor series, Sprout.

We’re getting close to the point where I get together the list of next season’s dramas. If there’s something you’d like to see me review, feel free to mention it in the comments here, or on the upcoming dramas list when I post that. If I determine which dramas I’m going to review earlier, I’ll be able to do a better job of keeping up with the series. As always, though, I’ll be reluctant to review a series without subtitles, so dramas involving Johnny’s members are probably a better bet.

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