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9:41 am - 11/14/2009

Yukie Nakama's new TV drama "Untouchable" suffers low rating

Yukie Nakama, the 30-year-old “queen of viewer ratings”’ has been chosen again to host the annual NHK “Kohaku Utagassen” program this year. Yet despite the actress’ popularity, her new TV drama is not faring too well. The TV Asahi series titled “Untouchable,” which began airing this month, is suffering unbelievably low ratings for the queen.
In the series, Nakama plays a tabloid news reporter who does just about anything from trespassing and shooting undercover photos in search of a scoop, solving crimes and mysteries at the same time. The new TV drama was promoted at a media conference held in early October as a story with a “well thought out plot” and Nakama herself emphasized how excited she was to play the lead role.
In spite of the advertisement, the rating for the first show was 11.6%, falling to 9.7% and 6.2% by the third episode in the Kanto area. According to a source working at TV Asahi’s production department, “The ratings are so poor that ordinarily we would consider canceling it altogether, midseason or not. But it’s just not possible, considering Nakama’s contribution to the success of ‘TRICK’ (which aired in 2000), and while plans are under way for a third movie version of this story. Under the circumstances, there’s no way we can do anything that would offend her. In fact, any talk about TV viewer ratings is practically a taboo now.”
Thus, any mention of ratings has become the “untouchable” topic among the “Untouchable” staff. How ironic. TV Asahi’s public relations department stated they had nothing to say about measures to improve the ratings.

A program crew member says that Nakama’s commitment as the lead actress extends to memorizing all the lines in the script, including those of her co-actors. Let’s just hope that her effort will be rewarded.


2hothere 14th-Nov-2009 05:58 pm (UTC)

maybe people are sick of her Yankumi role?
supersaiyananf 14th-Nov-2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
It has better ratings than Call Center no Koibito which was in that timeslot last season. It's a better drama too imo.
fseventh 14th-Nov-2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
People are looking for interesting storyline more than the actors/actress in it.
shonen_key 14th-Nov-2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
watashiwachiaki 14th-Nov-2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
I agree!

I like crime dramas but if there's so gets boring XD
openmyminibar 14th-Nov-2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
Huh. Queen of ratings? I thought she was only popular for Gokusen (which isn't really her doing) and that one ninja role.
Oh well, sucks for her
xkimchi_ninja 14th-Nov-2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
stinabong 14th-Nov-2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
sucks. i've only seen one episode and i liked it so far but one episode isn't enough for me to really judge i guess.
rainbow_yarn 14th-Nov-2009 08:23 pm (UTC)

I think people want to see her being a normal person rather than an adorable goody-goody with unshakable morals. Or is that just me?
sadistic_dance 14th-Nov-2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Better put her in pigtails and a red jumpsuit...
nene718 14th-Nov-2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
spanish_silver 14th-Nov-2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
I like Untouchable :\ Not that I can say much, as I'm still waiting for subs.
eyeslikefirefly 14th-Nov-2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
So many people love Yukie Nakama and think she can do no wrong but she annoys the hell out of me.
__generik 15th-Nov-2009 12:09 am (UTC)
I love this bitch♥, but I couldn't get into Untouchable. Even though Kaname Jun is also in it.
ms_pao_pao 15th-Nov-2009 01:35 am (UTC)
I kinda like her acting, especially in prolly I'm going to look for this dorama anyway.
pinky_fairy10 15th-Nov-2009 02:04 am (UTC)
aww. at least she had her first time. :))
st_oswald 15th-Nov-2009 03:14 am (UTC)
I tried Yukie. I tried. I watched the 1st & 2nd episode because the premise was actually interesting, but they didn't have to infuse it with the weird cult thing.
fan4life 17th-Nov-2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Yukie! I love her but some of the things she does in Untouchable gave me flashbacks to Gokusen. She is going to have a hard time shaking off her Yankumi persona.
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