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EXILE and AKB48 performance were the most watched performances of the 66th Annual Kouhaku Uta Gassen

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For the 66th annual Kouhaku Uta Gassen, the two most watched performances were EXILE (43.4%) and AKB48 (43.0%). And many have wondered how the Love Live! μ’s performance went….they received a 38.2% rating which is great!

Meanwhile, in Nagoya, EXILE received a 46.9%, tied with the Star Wars/Arashi collaboration. While AKB48 received a 45.7% rating.

The top 3 most seen performances of “Kouhaku Uta Gassen”

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Kouhaku Uta Gassen was another ratings winner for NHK and the top watched moments during the night was Kitajima Saburo’s performance at 50.7%, the Amachan special performance at 50.0% and Oshima Yuko’s AKB48 graduation announcement/AKB48 performance at 48.5%.

AKB48 Kouhaku Shocker! Oshima Yuko to graduate!

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In a Kouhaku Uta Gassen shocker! After AKB48’s performance of “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”, Oshima Yuko took the microphone to announce that she is graduating from AKB48, before performing “Heavy Rotation”.

110 AKB members to wear an outfit showcasing 110 countries at Kouhaku Uta Gassen

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110 members of AKB48 to each wear a uniform of 110 countries and will have a performance alongside enka singer Itsuki Hiroshi. While NMB48 will also be the backup dancers to enka singer Hosokawa Takashi.

NMB48… Mission Accomplished! NMB48 to appear on Kouhaku Uta Gassen

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Since the beginning of 2013, it was a mission that NMB48 had set out… to make sure they become part of this year’s annual NHK New Year’s Eve special Kouhaku Uta Gassen.

Having been vocal about how frustrated they were to have a solid 2012 but to watch AKB48 and SKE48 to perform on the huge New Year’s Eve special and not be there.

But it has been confirmed that NMB48 will be part of the 64th Annual Kouhaku Uta Gassen.