TWICE Achieves Impressively High Ratings On Historic Japanese Year-End Music Show

TWICE has proven their remarkable popularity in Japan once again!

On January 5, Japanese media outlets reported that TWICE’s recent performance on NHK’s historic New Year’s Eve music show “Kōhaku Uta Gassen” (Red and White Song Battle) had been one of the most-watched performances of the night.

The 69th annual “Kōhaku Uta Gassen,” which aired on December 31, featured a lineup of 49 of the most popular artists in Japan. Out of all 49 performing artists, TWICE achieved the sixth highest viewership ratings of the evening, scoring an impressive average of 42.7 percent for their performance. (Fifth place went to legendary Japanese idol group Arashi, whose ratings were only 0.2 percent higher at 42.9 percent.)

TWICE’s high ranking for 2018 seems to indicate a rise in their popularity in Japan—at the 2017 “Kōhaku Uta Gassen” the year before, TWICE took 27th place after scoring viewership ratings of 37.4 percent during their performance.

During their appearance on the 2018 show, TWICE performed “BDZ,” the title track of their first Japanese studio album, along with their Japanese remake of “I Want You Back.”

Congratulations to TWICE!

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