According to data released by Video Research Ltd., the first episode of the NHK taiga drama "Atsuhime," which aired on the 6th, had viewership ratings of 20.3% (19.8% in the Kansai region). Last year's taiga drama, "Fuurinkazan," started out with ratings of 21.0% (16.2% in Kansai).
Also exceeding the 20% mark was "Nodame Cantabile Shinshun Special in Europe," the two-night continuation of last year's popular "Nodame Cantabile" drama series. The January 4 broadcast had ratings of 18.9%, which increased to 21.0% for the January 5 episode.
Mel's Edit: Hmm, in all honesty I was actually hoping for a higher number in ratings for the SP but I guess at least it went over 20%. And Tokyograph (or it's original source) got the fact wrong here; the SP was not a "continuation of last year's popular "Nodame Cantabile" drama series" because the final episode of the 11-eps dorama aired on December 25, 2006 not 2007. Or maybe somebody made a mistake and think it's still 2007..lol.