Ratings for NHK's year-end "Kohaku" music show hit record low

Kyodo -- Jan 02
Viewer ratings for national broadcaster NHK's "Kohaku" live music show on New Year's Eve fell to a record low of 34.3 percent, a TV viewership research firm said Sunday.

Once a colossally popular year-end event among the Japanese public after NHK began airing it in the 1950s, the ratings are the lowest since Video Research Ltd. began tracking the show's viewership in 1962.

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