It’s probably not such a big concern for people that are watching dramas outside of Japan, like me and most of the people that read my blog, but two new dramas from this season MOZU and BORDER are currently fighting for ratings in the 9pm timeslot on Thursday nights. Last week Episode 1 of both dramas aired and TBS blockbuster MOZU managed to hit 13.3% in ratings in Kantou with the new TV Asahi drama BORDER trailed behind at 9.7%. Both dramas were anticipated to be very popular weeks before their respective broadcasts began but neither has come off to great start with these figures – MOZU has however won the first battle in a long war that is going to span the next couple of months.
The disappointing ratings are probably due to viewers that would normally watch both dramas being torn to one side. We should all be thankful we live in a generation where TV can be so easily recorded and uploaded to the internet for viewing later, but because of this modern convenience ratings are probably slowly losing meaning. I’ve watched both of these dramas so far and I have to say they’re both excellently produced and feature great casting, I whole-heartedly recommend both of them. It should be interesting to see which comes out on top towards the end of Spring though.