Throughout the history of Japanese television, TBS has been synonymous with the production of excellent drama series, and with decades of hit programs under our belt, we are supremely confident in the dramas we make. This year was no exception; the social impact of The Full-Time Wife Escapist has been especially striking.
Our Sunday 9 p.m. slot for dramas has been widely watched by viewers young and old, partly due to their perceptive depictions of modern times. Among them, we saw particularly impressive audience ratings for A LIFE: A LOVE, which aired from January 2017 and portrayed the complex realities of a hospital’s inner workings. Little Giants, which explored infighting at a police department, also was well-received by viewers.
Other recent popular shows included I Love You Just a Little Bit, a gripping tale about a husband and his adulterous wife, and I’M SORRY, I LOVE YOU, a story about both the pure love and the love-hate relationship between a mother and child. We also received much praise for Quartet and Hello, Detective Hedgehog.
TBS’s diverse lineup of drama series is guaranteed to have something for every viewer.
Our weekly schedule of evening variety shows has become a fixture for many viewers, keeping them glued to their televisions day after day. Especially popular programs include The World Unknown to Matsuko on Tuesdays, Pressure Battles (produced by Mainichi Broadcasting System, a fellow network member) and People Watching Variety Program: Monitoring on Thursdays, and the formidable Friday lineup of Bakuhou! THE Friday, Pittanko Kan-kan, and Masahiro Nakai’s Smile Friday.
We will continue to strengthen our program planning and development to bolster our lineup, bringing viewers a wide variety of TBS programs to savor every day of the week.
TBS’s news and information programs keep viewers in the know around the clock. Asa Chan!, HIRUOBI!, Information 7 Days Newscaster, and Sunday Morning all continued to perform well in FY2017.
As Asa Chan! steadily increases its audience rating in a highly competitive morning slot, TBS remains firmly committed to its motto of “delivering the information viewers want most, every morning,” to inspire even more viewers to start their day with us.
When it comes to sports in Japan, TBS has something for every fan. We use the very latest technology to bring you coverage from every angle in our broadcasts of baseball, soccer, boxing, ekiden road relays and other athletic events, volleyball, tennis, and much more.
In addition to games featuring the Japan men’s national soccer team, we also broadcast the annual All Japan High School Women’s Football Championship. Boxing events on New Year’s Eve have become a TBS tradition, with some title bouts recording an audience rating of over 20 percent. On New Year’s Day, we provide seven hours of live coverage of the 100-kilometer ekiden, a relay race unique to Japan - for many people, the New Year Ekiden on TBS marks the start of the Japanese sporting year.