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Japan's Weekly Anime TV Rankings

by ReverseHarem
Mar 24, 2008 2:45 PM | 27 Comments
The top ten TV rankings for anime for the week of March 10th - March 16th, 2008 are as follows:

1. Sazae-san
2. Chibi Maruko-chan
3. Crayon Shin-chan
4. Doraemon
5. Yatterman
6. Detective Conan
7. Gegege no Kitaro
8. One Piece
9. Pocket Monsters: Diamond & Pearl
10. Yes! Precure 5 GoGo!

For more information: ANN

20 of 27 Comments Recent Comments

Doraemon! that's a definitely redeemable series.

Mar 26, 2008 10:22 PM by Dragoness57

hahaha i watch none of those xD yay!

Mar 25, 2008 5:38 PM by magentaanbu

lol late night anime watchers need to step it up a bit

Mar 25, 2008 11:44 AM by Xjellocross

yay for detective conan.

Mar 25, 2008 9:52 AM by M_A

I'm not surprised Shippuuden dropped out of the Top 10, since that show has become so boring these days.

Mar 25, 2008 9:40 AM by Kayro

That is outrageous!
I need to point out that the real best of that list are One Piece and Detective Conan

Mar 25, 2008 8:52 AM by SoraKing

Yatterman? I remember I used to watch it when I was a little kid - 5, maybe 6 years old;)
why make a ramake of something so silly... I just don't get it...

Mar 25, 2008 8:35 AM by ksyss

Katsuki said:
Zoki-chan said:
lol XD I don't really see why Pokemon isn't liked by lots of people >.< I, for one, adore Pokemon, especially Diamond and Pearl. I'm glad that Pokemon is in the top 10 <3


I know! It's one of the only long-running series I'm still watchin' :D

Japanese >>>>> English


Yes! I'm glad someone agrees with me =D

Mar 25, 2008 8:34 AM by Zoki-chan

is this because little kids dun watch anime we watch?
(since anime like true tears, clannad, shanna, spice and wolf are late-nite anime)

Mar 25, 2008 3:49 AM by Vin-nii

i'm really not surprised by the list at all. okay some things are a little surprising.

i am a little surprised about precure 5 go go go and gegege no kitaro. i didnt know precure was a really popular mahou shoujo title. now i defenitely need to watch it =) and i've personally never heard of gegege no kitaro.


oh wait, actually it also is a little surprising that maruko is higher than shin. ive seen a few of both and i always thought that shin would be a much more popular show.

oh, and gotta love detective conan. 8) it's such a good show and i wish i had kept up with it when i started watching it years ago.

Mar 25, 2008 12:31 AM by katsup

Is there nothing else showing in Japan or what? Sheesh!
Yeah I'm surprised Pokemon Diamond and Pearl is up there. Sucks

Mar 24, 2008 8:31 PM by sakR9

Killuan said:
One Piece should be on top and everything else recycled.


QFT times infinity.

Though, I must say, I'm quite surprised to see Pokemon still holding up strong in Japan, after the serious fallout here in the US with it (at least around where I live).

Mar 24, 2008 7:36 PM by VK11

dtshyk said:

I attribute the decrease of viewers to the general decrease of TV viewers in Japan. Internet has kicked out TV from the center of family life, and it's getting rare that whole family members eat dinner together (and watch Sazae-san).

I agree with this, because there are corresponding drops in N. America and Europe as well (all of them happening in the past decade.) For better or worse, gone are the times when two or three television networks could virtually monopolize home entertainment. Of course, the number of anime series broadcast compared to 10 years ago has nearly tripled, so I probably shouldn't complain. :)

Mar 24, 2008 5:47 PM by Iri

Iri said:
Sazae-san will be at the top of the list ten years from now too, since EVERYBODY watches it.


Sazae-san is a kind of Sunday evening time signal for us. "Weekend is over. Now go back to work!"

Iri said:
wait for it -- if there's some illegal downloading/timeshifting going on that's affecting the numbers (and if it is, I guarantee you that it's going to affect a show like Clannad more than Doraemon.)


I attribute the decrease of viewers to the general decrease of TV viewers in Japan. Internet has kicked out TV from the center of family life, and it's getting rare that whole family members eat dinner together (and watch Sazae-san).

Mar 24, 2008 5:34 PM by dtshyk

70% of that list hasn't changed in 10 years, and another 20% are remakes of old shows everyone has seen. But that's not unexpected, as the Japanese public is very consistent in their viewing habits. There's a good chance Sazae-san will be at the top of the list ten years from now too, since EVERYBODY watches it.

Those numbers show that it (and the other shows) have lost nearly a third of their audience in the last 10 years, though. I wonder whether that many people have found other amusements besides anime or -- wait for it -- if there's some illegal downloading/timeshifting going on that's affecting the numbers (and if it is, I guarantee you that it's going to affect a show like Clannad more than Doraemon.)

dtshyk said:
I don't think this data means much to us. Those anime are aired arond 7 pm and watched by ordinary "non geek" families. Nothing to do with our favorite anime aired after midnight.


Well, in case anyone is curious, here's a couple of recent numbers for the AM so you can compare them against the top 10. Most of these are late Feb. numbers, and all of them air late at night:

Minami-ke 2: 2.1
Bamboo Blade: 1.7
Aria Origination: 0.8
Labyrinth: 1.1
Dragonaut: 0.7
Clannad: 1.9
Shana II: 1.3
Kaiji: 3.1 (has been as high as 3.9 recently)
Gurren-Lagann (Rerun): 0.8
Macross (Rerun):1.0

Precure 5, the lowest of the top 10, draws a 6.6 rating.

Mar 24, 2008 5:16 PM by Iri

Zoki-chan said:
lol XD I don't really see why Pokemon isn't liked by lots of people >.< I, for one, adore Pokemon, especially Diamond and Pearl. I'm glad that Pokemon is in the top 10 <3


I know! It's one of the only long-running series I'm still watchin' :D

Japanese >>>>> English

Mar 24, 2008 5:15 PM by Katsuki

dtshyk said:
I don't think this data means much to us. Those anime are aired arond 7 pm and watched by ordinary "non geek" families. Nothing to do with our favorite anime aired after midnight.


who stays up until midnight to watch some anime? i for one... don't.

Mar 24, 2008 5:00 PM by ReverseHarem

I don't think this data means much to us. Those anime are aired arond 7 pm and watched by ordinary "non geek" families. Nothing to do with our favorite anime aired after midnight.

Mar 24, 2008 4:53 PM by dtshyk

woah a lotta old skool animes except for one piece and some other ones lol

Mar 24, 2008 4:33 PM by mui

lol XD I don't really see why Pokemon isn't liked by lots of people >.< I, for one, adore Pokemon, especially Diamond and Pearl. I'm glad that Pokemon is in the top 10 <3

Mar 24, 2008 4:26 PM by Zoki-chan