Katori and Yamashita’s “MONSTERS” TV Drama Ratings Nose Dive
TBS drama “MONSTERS” that currently airs every Sunday has recorded 8.0% audience share (Video Research, Kanto Area) last Dec 2nd. The said drama has reached 13.8% ratings when it started but it hasn’t managed to increase ratings and kept on declining until it reached single digits.
“The drama should have been a hit with two giant names in Johnny’s as the lead- SMAP’s Katori Shingo and Yamashita Tomohisa. However, the drama have suffered an unprecedented crushing defeat. Furthermore, MONSTERS was also written by Makita Mitsuharu, the same person behind MR. BRAIN that recorded an average of 20% ratings. The producers were actually aiming that MONSTERS will achieve a serialization like “Furuhata Ninzaburō”, but now the producers are in deep blue since there were also talks of a movie adaptation,” according to a TV reporter.
Even though the drama got off with a decent start, the viewership eventually falls after that. Can this drama improve? “The reputation of this drama is worse than its numbers.” Though Yamashita’s acting is good enough, Katori is often hated or disliked by televiewers. Even though Katori’s character is really supposed-to-be “hated”, it is not good if viewers actually starts hating his character. Furthermore, there have been criticisms on drama’s screenplay that should have been the drama’s selling point. There have been remarks, such as “sloppy mystery cases” and that “tricks fell short”.
“MONSTERS” next broadcast will be on Dec 9th and it will give way to coverage of Lower House voting on Dec 16th. Hopefully, it will gain a 2-digits rating once it returns.