Japanese Dramas Summer 2013 Ratings & Awards

The Japanese summer season of dramas recently ended. I'm sure many of you were wondering which dramas got the highest ratings, and were received the best. In this article, I will do my best to provide you with each season’s ratings and recognition. 


As usual, the start will be with the ratings.

Summer 2013 Drama Ratings

1) Hanzawa Naoki  - (29.07%)
2) DOCTORS 2 ~ Saikyo no Meii -  (18.18%) 
3) Yae no Sakura (NHK taiga) – (14.89%)
4) Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji 5 – (14.55%)
5) Woman – (13.55%)
6) Keishicho Sosa Ikka 9 Gakari 8 – (13.19%)
7) Naruyouni Narusa – (12.65%) 
8) SUMMER NUDE – (12.53%) 
9) Saitou-san 2 – (12.31%)
10) Shomuni 2013 – (11.85%) 
11) Kyoto Chiken no Onna 9 – (11.13%) 
12) Namonaki Doku – (09.26%) 
13) Oh,My Dad!!  - (09.23%) 
14) Starman ~ Kono Hoshi no Koi – (08.46%) 
15) Gekiryu – (08.35%)

Note: The drama with the highest single episode rating is the last episode of Hanzawa Naoki aired on September the 22[sup]nd[/sup] with 42.2% of viewers, the highest ratings for an evening drama from a commercial broadcaster in three decades. It surpassed the previous record which was held by TBS' 'Beautiful Life'(41.3%) which aired in 2000.

Summer 2013's Drama Awards

The awards of the recently finished season are provided by Only Star magazine. As usual, the winners were decided by the votes of 1000 female readers. The results are:

The Most Popular Dramas:
1) Hanzawa Naoki (TBS)
2) Amachan(NHK)
3) Summer Nude (Fuji TV)
4) Woman(NTV)
5) Tenma-sanga Yuku (TBS)
6) Pin toKona (TBS)
7) Doctors 2 – Saikyou no Meii (NTV)
8) Keibuho Yabe Kenzo 2 (TV Asahi)
9) Starman– Kono Hashi no Koi (Fuji TV)
10) Kyuumei Byouto 24-ji Season 5 (Fuji TV)

The Most Popular Leading Actors:
1) Sakai Masato (Hanzawa Naoki, TBS)
2) YamashitaTomohisa (Summer Nude, Fuji TV)
3) Doumoto Tsuyoshi (Tenma-san ga Yuku, TBS)
4) Tamamori Yuuta (Kis-My-Ft2) (Pin to Kona, TBS)
5) Namase Katsuhisa (Keibuho Yabe Kenzo 2, TV Asahi)
6) Sawamura Ikki (Doctors 2 – Saikyou no Meii, TV Asahi)
7) Koizumi Koutarou (Namonaki Doku, TBS)
8) FujigayaTaisuke (Kis-My-Ft2) (Kamen Teacher, NTV)
9) Tachi Hiroshi (Naruyouni Narusa, TBS)
10) MatsushigeYutaka  (Kodoku Gurume Season 3, TVTokyo)

The Most Popular Leading Actresses:
1) Nounen Rena (Amachan, NHK)
2) Ayase Haruka (Yae no Sakura, NHK)
3) Matsushima Nanako (Kyuumei Byouto 24-ji Season 5, Fuji TV)
4) Mitsushima Hikari (Woman, NTV)
5) Mizuki Arisa (Saitou-san 2, NTV)
6) Esumi Makiko (Shomuni 2013, Fuji TV)
7) Hirosue Ryouko (Starman – Kono Hoshi no Koi, Fuji TV)
8) Natori Yuuko (Kyouto Chiken no Onna, TV Asahi)
9) Kaho(Akuryou Byouto, TBS)
10) Asano Atsuko (Naruyouni Narusa, TBS)

The Most Popular Supporting Actors:     
1) Fukushi Souta (Amachan, NHK)
2) Nishijima Hidetoshi (Yae no Sakura, NHK)
3) Fukushi Souta (Starman - Kono Hoshi no Koi, Fuji TV)
4) Matsuda Ryuuhei (Amachan, NHK)
5) Oikawa Mitsuhiro (Hanzawa Naoki, TBS)
6) Katsuji Ryou (Summer Nude, Fuji TV)
7) Miura Shouhei (Shomuni 2013, Fuji TV)
8) Yasuda Shouta (Kanjani 8) (Naruyouni Narusa, TBS)
9) Oguri Shun (Woman, NTV)
10) KoikeTeppei (Amachan, NHK)  
The Most Popular Supporting Actresses:
1) Koizumi Kyouko (Amachan, NHK)
2) Toda Erika (Summer Nude, Fuji TV)
3) Karina(Summer Nude, Fuji TV)
4) Ueto Aya(Hanzawa Naoki, TBS)
5) Kiritani Mirei (Saitou-san 2, NTV)
6) Higa Manami (Doctors 2 – Saikyou no Meii, TV Asahi)
7) Fukada Kyouko (Namonaki Doku, TBS)
8) Kawashima Umika (9nine) (Pin to Kona, TBS)
9) Hashimoto Ai (Amachan, NHK)
10) Arimura Kasumi (Amachan, NHK)

The Most Popular Theme Songs:
1) YamashitaTomohisa [Summer Nude ‘13] (Summer Nude, Fuji TV)
2) Dreams Come True [Saa Kane o Narase] (Kyuumei Byouto 24-ji Season 5, Fuji TV)
3) Kis-My-Ft2[Kimi to no Kiseki] (Pin to Kona, TBS)
4) DoumotoTsuyoshi [Mabataki] (Tenma-san ga Yuku, TBS)
5) Yuki[Starmann] (Starman – Kono Hoshi no Koi, Fuji TV)
6) B’z[Utopia] (Doctors 2 – Saikyou no Meii, TV Asahi)
7) Glay[Dark River] (Gekiryuu – Watashi o Oboete imasuka?, NHK)
8) GreeeeN[Itoshi Kimi e] (Oh, My Dad!!, Fuji TV)
9) Androp[voice] (Woman, NTV)

10) V6[Kimi ga Omoidasu Boku wa Kimi o Aishite iru darouka] (Keishichou Sousa 1-ka 9-gakari, TV Asahi)

I hope this article was helpful for anyone who wanted to know more about this summer's J-dramas. 

Until next time!

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    Meli Apr 9, 2014

    Liked it!!
    Love my Yamapi!!

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    nielyngrace Nov 6, 2013

    kyaaaaaaaaaaa. tama and kisumai made it to the list!

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    rinsuzuki Oct 22, 2013

    Hanzawa Naoki FTW!!!!

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    kittyflumpin Oct 19, 2013

    I have to say I'm a bit confused by the inclusion of Fukushi Sota as a "supporting" actor for Starman because he was the male lead. Same with Karina as "supporting" actress for Summer Nude.

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      superpasta Oct 22, 2013

      usually a drama has only one main lead. i am not saying her role wasn't main too however usually main lead in japan is considered the one who is "leading" the drama team and in this case of summer nude yamapi was leading the drama team. if karina was under the supporting actress then this is because her role was that of supporting. like second lead :3 this is what it means.

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      kizzyneechan Oct 22, 2013

      What about romance drama? Aren't the couples both considered leads? Karina gets the bigger character arc, too, so if I had to choose between the two I'd pick her as the lead.

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      superpasta Oct 22, 2013

      no. sometimes the female is just considered as the second lead aka supporting. like for example in nagareboshi, ueto aya was the main female role but takenouchi yutaka was "the main male role" and ueto aya was the second lead aka supporting actress which was why she took the best supporting actress for that season.

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      kizzyneechan Oct 22, 2013

      I'm suggesting that I have a problem with that--that the male always gets to be the lead, but by virtue of her being female, she has to take supporting. There CAN be two leads, and if there are, the female should be awarded as such.

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      superpasta Oct 22, 2013

      well it's not always like that. i said usually. and if this is the nature of the role then it can't be helped. for example in starman the female was the lead. it doesn't have to do with the gender. this is what i am saying. mitsushima hikari was clearly the lead in woman.

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    realdeal Oct 19, 2013

    Sakai masato and yamapi in one sentence is a blasphemy...

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      lunarlegend_03 Oct 22, 2013

      I have to agree with realdeal. :)

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      superpasta Oct 22, 2013

      puhlease. if yamapi is the worse then what about morimoto shintaro or hokuto or fujigaya taisuke? these three are even worse than yamapi ~

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      realdeal Oct 22, 2013

      Haha or right.....But this time let's not include young johnny actors because they were force to that main role without training first.....its no fair.

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      superpasta Oct 22, 2013

      fujigaya is not that young he is 26 . the other two lol yeah they are young indeed.

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      rinsuzuki Oct 22, 2013

      hey! taipi can act..! (if there are those who cant act well in johhny's..i bet they're the juniors or the sexy boyz.. =.=

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    Oresama Oct 18, 2013

    Hanzawa Naoki and Sakai Masato deserve the first spot.

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    Dior Oct 18, 2013

    Great article Cheer^^ Hanzawa Naoki deserves all the hype and Namonaki Doku is also a good mystery, I liked it.

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    sternchen Oct 17, 2013

    thanks for the update. Some really good j dramas received deserved credit there :D
    btw, what is the drama called in the top right corner of the title/ header picture?

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      MoonLight Oct 18, 2013

      The one with the pink background and the witch hat? If that's the one you're talking about then it's Yamada Kun to 7 nin no majo.

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      sternchen Oct 18, 2013


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    DreamyLife Oct 17, 2013

    Hanzawa Naoki all the way. Hands down!

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    Erin Oct 17, 2013

    I am glad that Woman is getting love. It was a great drama.

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    Student94 Oct 17, 2013

    Thank you ,I just started watching Yae no Sakura

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    Jeaniessi Oct 16, 2013

    This is awesome! I am going to bookmark this for reference. Thanks CheerfulSoul.

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    solia Oct 16, 2013

    thank you added some to my ptw list

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    Sleepninja Oct 16, 2013

    Thanks so much for this article. It's interesting to see which Jdramas stood out in 2013. :D

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    femmedesneiges Oct 16, 2013

    Mabataki is a lovely song.

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