Sawajiri Erika's latest special drama, "Akujo ni Tsuite" (TBS) aired recently on April 30 and saw ratings of 14.7% in Kanto and 16.4% in Kansai. The high ratings were released by Video Research Ltd. on May 1.
The drama has been causing a stir lately after Matsui Kazuo, the wife of actor Funakoshi Eiichiro, went on a rant about her husband, who played Sawajiri Erika's lover in the drama. She said, "Is Erika the reason my husband has left our home?!" and "The love scene between my husband and Erika... just imagining it makes me so angry I'm getting dizzy! No! No!" Her blog comments caused a lot of turmoil on the Internet.
But after the airing of the drama, she updated her blog saying it was just a joke to get more attention for the drama and for its ratings.
Also, Yahoo! Japan released their quick-rising keyword search ranking for May 2, with "Akujo ni Tsuite ratings" dominating the chart.
The drama saw huge ratings due to its explosive cast and love scenes.
Source: daily.co.jp, mantan-web.jp