**Original article here.
I find this article interesting because it’s rare to get insight in WOWOW’s drama rating and this piece has some information (though it focuses on the drama).
Starting from highly popular Fall series Aibou (TV Asahi), alongside Last Cop (NTV), The Sniffer (NHK), Career (Fuji TV), ‘Detective Shows’ are booming.
On the other hand, it is WOWOW’s Suishou no Kodou: Murder Analysis Squad (starting 13th November, Sundays 10pm) that draws the line with terrestrial cop series.
It is the sequel of Ishi no Mayu that broadcasted in August last year. Led by Kimura Fumino, it also features similar cast from previous series such as Aoki Munetaka, Watanabe Ikkei and Koyanagi Yu.
According to News Data Company (Tokyo), from 1000 WOWOW subscribers, the previous work, Ishi no Mayu (August 15-October 16), garnered the highest number of average viewers and viewers who recorded the show. It gained the average satisfaction rating of 3.84 (highest is 5) and popular rating of 3.7.
“The type of crime that can’t be done in terrestrial TV” (55 year old woman), “A gentler touch of policewoman compared with other dramas brings comfort” (46 year old woman) are among the comments. Despite a shocking portrayal that is scarce with terrestrial station, one of the popular reasons why female viewers enjoy the series is due to the human side where the team members watch over a female detective, strictly yet gently.
Suisho no Kodou follows the footsteps of the previous work and draws the shocking truth of a cunning killer and bombing cases altogether in 5 episodes. The average satisfaction level for first episode is 3.87, second, compared to terrestrial drama Doctor-X (TV Asahi), which obtained 3.99.
“The previous series is also good, but this time, this series has powered up” (49 year old woman). It seems the series still manages to grasp the heart of female audience from the beginning.
“Compared to a 1-hour story, a continuing plot is better”, a 69 year old man commented, when talking about recent series where cases are solved within an episode. The 5-episode length is able to maintain the tension and enhances satisfaction for viewers. However there is no right answer since every story has a different aim and development. It is up to the viewers’ choice to choose which detective drama to watch and enjoy.