Abnormal Weather Cause for the High Ratings?

22 04 2010

The spring season of TV doramas has arrived and across-the-board there have been ratings higher than usual these days. Usually there is only one maybe two big doramas with ratings above 15% each season, but this time we have “Shinzanmono” (TBS) that even broke the 20% mark, “Zettai Reido” (Fuji TV) with 18% and “Keibutsu-kun” (NTV) with 17.5%. Other doramas that started one week earlier such as “Rinjo 2” and “Team Batista 2” also were able to gain higher ratings during their second week , a rare sight among doramas in general.

What’s the cause for all this? Are the doramas really that much better this season or is it something else? J-Cast thinks that the unseasonable and cold weather that is currently hanging over Japan might be the actual reason for the above average ratings. It’s not just the signs of rain that make people want to stay at home and watch TV, on the 17th it even has been snowing in Tokyo again. The city hasn’t seen snow flakes in April since 1969.

A producer from one of the five key stations in Japan on the matter: “I’m afraid to say that the abnormal weather is going to continue until Golden Week. The number of people who can’t travel to Europe because of the volcanic ash is increasing as well. On the other hand we are registering some record high ratings for most of our TV programs these days.”

The producer is optimistic that the high ratings are going to continue until at least early May. It will be interesting to watch the trend of the dorama ratings over the next couple of weeks. Yesterday the third episode of “Team Batista 2” aired and was able to improve its rating once again. Unfortunately “Zettai Reido” lost some ground this week, but it’s still close to the 15% mark.

Credits: asianfanatics


Celebrity of the Day: Ariel Lin

27 03 2010

Ariel Lin (林依晨) was born in Taipei on October 29, 1982. She is amongst the most prominent Taiwanese actresses of today and also debuted as a singer. Not only that, she also released two books: ‘Ariel Lin’s New York Bagel Diary (林依晨的紐約貝果日記)’ and ‘Ariel’s Blog (林家女孩依晨的青春部落格)’.

Her first drama was ‘True Love 18 (十八歲的約定)’ in 2002. After, she acted in a variety of shows. Her big break came in 2004 when she starred alongside Mike He (賀軍翔) in the hit drama ‘Love Contract (愛情合約).

But Ariel’s biggest hit came the year after, in 2005 when she starred in the Taiwanese drama, ‘It Started With a Kiss (惡作劇之吻)’ with Joe Cheng (鄭元暢). The drama met with wild reviews and helped her rise to fame. The two later co-starred again in the drama’s sequel: ‘They Kiss Again (惡作劇2吻)’ as well as another drama: ‘Love or Bread (我的億萬麵包)’.

She also starred as Huang Rong (黃蓉) in the 2008 wuxia TV series, Legend of the Condor Heroes (射彫英雄傳). This was a television adaption of Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrity of the Day: Ha Ji Won

24 01 2010

For all those that have heard Wonder Girls’ famous song, So Hot, remember “legs like Ha Ji Won (하지원)”? Well, born June 28, 1979 as Jeon Hae Rim (전해림), Ji Won is one of the most celebrated South Korean actress in this day and era. She was educated at Dan Gook University. She first kicked off her career by playing supporting roles in television productions such as Nightmare (가위), Ditto (동감) and Secret (비밀). Ji Won made her breakthrough in the 2002 horror movie, Phone (폰) as a young journalist involved in a complex supernatural plot. Her role earned her a best actress nomination at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

In the same year, Ji Won launched her singing career, releasing a music album titled Homerun. Later, she continued filming several movies such as Sex is Zero (색즉시공), Reversal of Fortune (역전에 산다) and 100 Days With Mr. Arrogant (내 사랑 싸가지). In 2004, Ji Won starred in the complicated drama, Something Happened in Bali (발리에서 생긴 일) alongside Read the rest of this entry »

News: The Battle of Ratings

23 01 2010

Taiwanese idol drama series Down With Love (就想賴著妳) which stars two mega idols, Jerry Yan (言承旭) from F4 and Ella Chen (陳嘉樺) from S.H.E will be making its debut on television screens this weekend. To instill some hype amongst viewers, the production team aired a special episode which consisted of trailers and exclusive interviews with the cast last Sunday.

The ratings for the special trailer episode raked in a meager 0.59% as compared to Jerry’s fellow F4 band member Vanness Wu’s (吳建豪) ongoing drama series, Autumn’s Concerto (下一站,幸福), which pulled in a healthy number of 7.15% in ratings.

(F4 from left to right: Jerry Yan, Vanness Wu, Ken Chu and Vic Zhou) Read the rest of this entry »