The 64th annual NHK "Kohaku Uta Gassen" (Red and White Singing Contest) on New Year's Eve received a record-breaking television rating of 44.5%, the highest ever in the last 10 years.
According to video researchers, the music variety program's ratings surpassed the TBS drama "Hanazawa Naoki" which received 42.2% by 2.3 points.
Sports Nippon reported that the show drew in a large viewership with various performances, including members of the hit TV program "Ama-chan," and veteran singer Saburo Kitajima's 50th and final appearance.
From 7:15 p.m. during the first half of the program, the show garnered a rating of 36.9%, which was up 3.7 points over the previous year. The second half of the program received the highest rating of the last 10 years at 44.5%.© Japan Today