TBS is synonymous with the production of excellent drama series, and this year was no exception. After creating numerous hit series over the years, we are supremely confident in the dramas we make.
Our Sunday 9 p.m. slot for dramas has been widely watched by viewers young and old, a popularity partly due to the dramas’ perceptive depiction of the tone of the times. For example, Downtown Rocket, which aired from October 2015 and was set in a small factory in old-town Tokyo that is trying to develop a rocket, was a massive hit with an average audience rating of 18.5 percent, the highest for any drama aired by a commercial broadcaster in FY2016. After debuting in April 2016, 99.9 Criminal Lawyer recorded similarly lofty numbers. The series, which portrayed a young lawyer who seeks to clear people convicted of crimes they didn’t commit by digging into criminal cases considered impossible to overturn, had an average rating of 17.2 percent and a peak rating of 19.1 percent.
Dramas set in everyday workplaces also struck a chord with viewers, including Dr. STOЯKS, which realistically portrayed a maternity ward’s efforts to protect the lives of mothers and babies, and Sleepeeer hit!, which explored the hard realities of working at the editing desk of a comic magazine. Love also was a major theme in our drama series, including PLEASE LOVE ME! and It’s not that I can’t marry. I don’t marry. TBS’s diverse drama lineup has something to suit everyone’s tastes and continues to be loyally followed by our viewers.
Our Friday evening lineup featuring three consecutive variety programs has been getting the thumbs-up from viewers and steadily recording excellent audience ratings. Many Japanese households now equate Friday evenings with watching TBS variety programs, starting with Bakuhou! THE Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Pittanko Kan-kan at 8 p.m. and Masahiro Nakai’s Smile Friday at 9 p.m.
Programs the whole family can enjoy, such as The World Unknown to Matsuko on Tuesdays and The Thorough Explorers on Wednesdays, also are performing well.
People Watching Variety Program: Monitoring, which was extended to a two-hour program, has also been popular with viewers of many ages.
TBS’s news and information programs keep viewers in the know around the clock.
Our information program HIRUOBI! continued to reign supreme, earnings the highest ratings in its midday slot for an across-the-board program throughout the year.
The nightly news show NEWS23 was revamped in April 2016, and its new lineup of presenters continues to deliver high-quality news to our viewers.
Information 7 Days Newscaster, which airs on Saturdays, and Sunday Morning remained integral programs in our lineup with their wrap-ups of the week’s events.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, our annual year-end special Day of News was a six-and-a-half-hour look at the path Japan has taken since the war. Broadcast on December 30, 2015, this program featured the incomparable wealth of video footage accumulated over the years.
TBS has something for every sports fan with our broadcasts of baseball, soccer, boxing, athletics, volleyball, tennis, and more. All feature the latest technology combined with coverage from every angle.
We aired soccer matches featuring the Japanese national team, and the J.League Championship, in which clubs battled it out to be crowned the nation’s best. Broadcasting boxing on New Year’s Eve has become a TBS tradition, achieving a maximum audience rating of more than 20 percent. On New Year’s Day, we broadcast seven hours of live coverage of the 100-kilometer ekiden, a long-established relay race in Japan. For many people, the New Year Ekiden shown on TBS marks the start of the Japanese sporting year.