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Japan's Weekly Anime TV Rankings

by ReverseHarem
Sep 8, 2008 6:16 AM | 30 Comments
The top ten anime series on TV in Japan for the week of August 25th - August 31st are as follows:

1. Sazae-san
2. Crayon Shin-chan
3. Doraemon
4. Chibi Maruko-chan
5. One Piece
6. Gegege no Kitarou
7. Pokemon: Diamond & Pearl
8. Naruto: Shippuuden
9. Keroro Gunsou
10. Atashi'n chi

For more information: ANN

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Yay for Pokemon DP XD

Sep 9, 2008 7:01 AM by Icy-nee-san

I can't believe Naruto is up there. This must be a first lol

Yay for One Piece! ^^

Sep 9, 2008 5:17 AM by mirichan00

I can't belive that kinda stuff is on top >.>

Sep 9, 2008 3:01 AM by Seny

:P

Sep 9, 2008 2:19 AM by Corpse69

i think one piece deserves that spot

Sep 8, 2008 10:09 PM by mosdefind

Iri said:
Turbe said:

Yea.... I wonder how they actually count who watches what.
Now that's an interesting question.

Essentially, there's one company in Japan that measures TV ratings -- Video Research. Nielsen, the company responsible for the most famous US ratings, used to have a presence in Japan, but backed out in the mid-90s leaving VR all to itself.

VR has a system called "People Meters" (they're not unique -- most other audience measurement companies use them) which is basically a device hooked to a TV which logs everything watched. The key is that everyone watching has to "log in" (usually by pushing an individualized button). This allows VR to drill into the demographics of viewers. In the old days they used to have one box for the entire household and you never knew who was watching what. They relied on handwritten logs for that. But now the advertisers can know precisely which demographics they're appealing to.

But to get back to the point, they use these boxes and then extrapolate from percentages how much of Japan is watching.

Now, here's the kicker. The numbers in this thread and usually posted are based on the Tokyo area boxes in service. Bear in mind that the metro area around Tokyo has roughly 30 million people, so how many boxes do you think Video Research has out there measuring?

600.

That's right. When you see an anime go up or down a point in the ratings, you're essentially talking about 6 or so households in all of Tokyo that were unable to watch the show that week.

There are two other sets of 600 boxes in Osaka and Nagoya. They also run smaller, long-term ratings studies in multiple other locations, although you never see these ratings since they come out months after the fact. This is really in line with US and other practice though, as there are only 5,000 similar boxes run by Nielsen in the entire USA. That's one of the reasons I'm somewhat skeptical of the reported ratings and value the DVD sales numbers much more, since they are somewhat more representative of what "typical" MAL-people watch (i.e., not most of what's in the Ratings Top 10.)


Yea I remember how it works, just a general remark about how can half of the series be unknowns or not even popular here.

The system they use is alright for now but hopefully once they might just add an extra component to tv's which send what you watch to some company that could be federally funded. Plus the people they usually get to have these are "growing" familys. You really dont see many college students having them which show a different type of genre, which could be why these are the types on top.

b.o.t...// Although i want to check out half of the ones I havn't watched yet, I just feel like its more sarcastic series types which isn't my style.

Sep 8, 2008 9:55 PM by Turbe

ailailou said:
Huh. Lol for the first 10places. T_T


Fixed

Sep 8, 2008 9:07 PM by kie_

Sazae-san? Never heard of it, im going to have to check it out...

Sep 8, 2008 8:24 PM by Hinata020

Turbe said:

Yea.... I wonder how they actually count who watches what.
Now that's an interesting question.

Essentially, there's one company in Japan that measures TV ratings -- Video Research. Nielsen, the company responsible for the most famous US ratings, used to have a presence in Japan, but backed out in the mid-90s leaving VR all to itself.

VR has a system called "People Meters" (they're not unique -- most other audience measurement companies use them) which is basically a device hooked to a TV which logs everything watched. The key is that everyone watching has to "log in" (usually by pushing an individualized button). This allows VR to drill into the demographics of viewers. In the old days they used to have one box for the entire household and you never knew who was watching what. They relied on handwritten logs for that. But now the advertisers can know precisely which demographics they're appealing to.

But to get back to the point, they use these boxes and then extrapolate from percentages how much of Japan is watching.

Now, here's the kicker. The numbers in this thread and usually posted are based on the Tokyo area boxes in service. Bear in mind that the metro area around Tokyo has roughly 30 million people, so how many boxes do you think Video Research has out there measuring?

600.

That's right. When you see an anime go up or down a point in the ratings, you're essentially talking about 6 or so households in all of Tokyo that were unable to watch the show that week.

There are two other sets of 600 boxes in Osaka and Nagoya. They also run smaller, long-term ratings studies in multiple other locations, although you never see these ratings since they come out months after the fact. This is really in line with US and other practice though, as there are only 5,000 similar boxes run by Nielsen in the entire USA. That's one of the reasons I'm somewhat skeptical of the reported ratings and value the DVD sales numbers much more, since they are somewhat more representative of what "typical" MAL-people watch (i.e., not most of what's in the Ratings Top 10.)

Sep 8, 2008 8:22 PM by Iri

ukonkivi said:
Crayon Shin-chan is massively overrated.:x


The English dub slightly amuses me.

But it's not THAT funny.

Sep 8, 2008 7:46 PM by Plate

Crayon Shin-chan is massively overrated.:x

Sep 8, 2008 7:44 PM by ukonkivi

Only decent on in my option is one piece, which i totally love <3

ailailou said:
Huh. Lol for the first 3 places. T_T


Yea.... I wonder how they actually count who watches what.

stingertomlam said:
One Piece beat Naruto?? Holy crap.


I would be very depressed the day the nauto anime actually does good which is now :(

Sep 8, 2008 7:41 PM by Turbe

omg! yay~ Crayon Shin-chan, Doraemon, Chibi Maruko-chan & Keroro Gunsou ftw! n__n

Lol @ Naruto and Pokemon P:

Sep 8, 2008 7:30 PM by fishiiie

One Piece is the best up there. (My opinion)

Sep 8, 2008 6:44 PM by Plun

One of the weirdest Lists so far.. >.<

Sep 8, 2008 6:27 PM by Drew013

Suddently very glad to be able to watch fansubs.

Sep 8, 2008 5:09 PM by tsuD

yeah..Pretty stupid series on this top..-_-

Sep 8, 2008 4:51 PM by fumoffu_u

Nothing surprising, but once again, props to One Piece.

Sep 8, 2008 4:49 PM by VK11

It's interesting how the most popular are always the longest running, the Japanese have no problem with stretching out a good thing forever.

Sep 8, 2008 4:36 PM by Plate

One Piece beat Naruto?? Holy crap.

Sep 8, 2008 4:29 PM by iTom