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NHK drama series 'Manpuku' ends with average viewership of 21.4% in Kanto region

Sakura Ando, left, and Hiroki Hasegawa, who star in NHK's drama series "Manpuku," are seen posing for the camera on Feb. 27, 2019. (Mainichi/Shigeko Yogai)

TOKYO -- The average viewership for all 151 episodes of NHK's drama series "Manpuku" was 21.4 percent in eastern Japan's Kanto region, revealed ratings and marketing firm Video Research Ltd. on April 1.

Manpuku, which had its final episode broadcast on March 30, was based on the life of businessman Momofuku Ando, who invented instant ramen noodles, and his wife Masako -- starring actress Sakura Ando.

The average viewership was 20.6 percent in the Nagoya area in central Japan, 19.5 percent in western Japan's Kansai region and 16.5 percent in the northern part of the island of Kyushu in southern Japan.

Meanwhile, the final episode earned a 22.1 percent share of the Kanto audience, 23.5 percent in the Nagoya area, 22.4 percent in the Kansai region and 15.4 percent in the northern part of the island of Kyushu.

(Japanese original by Hiroki Sasamoto, Cultural News Department)

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