Go-Busters and Kamen Rider Fourze Post Series Lows

Ratings are out for the most recent episodes of Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters and Kamen Rider Fourze, and neither is great.

Go-Busters posted a series low 2.2% and hit a low point not seen since a Carranger episode managed a 1.4%. Kamen Rider Fourze also posted a series low, an abysmal 3.7%. I don’t think there were any major sporting events or anything else on TV this weekend that could have taken away that much of an audience from Sentai and Rider. Whatever the case is, Go-Busters needs to see some better ratings before this semi-retooling the show is currently undergoing becomes a full on retooling. Kamen Rider Fourze is already holding the dubious honor of being the least watched Kamen Rider show ever, surpassing Kiva in this area. I’m still hoping that Wizard will come along with awesome ratings and help Go-Busters out before any more changes are made to that show.
The London Olympics begin next week, Kamen Rider Fourze is preempted for an event. Will the games give Go-Busters a bit of a boost?

Source: Tokusatsu Ratings Wiki

8 thoughts on “Go-Busters and Kamen Rider Fourze Post Series Lows

  1. Not good news …

    I’d like to believe Wizard will begin to pull ratings up, but is there any reason to believe it will be a success? Also, if Go-Busters were retooled, wouldn’t it be the first time Toei had done that because of low ratings rather than low sales?

  2. Out of curiosity, are japan’s TV ratings down in general? How are DVD sales of these shows? What I’m wondering, I guess, is if alternative means of seeing these shows in the digital age might be skewing the numbers, particularly for the older fan base.

    That said, while Fourze is pretty much my favorite thing ever, I realize that being an atypical Rider show might have alienated the viewership, so perhaps if Wizard is less goofy… perhaps down to W’s well-balanced level, it’ll help. As for Go-Busters, a re-tooling may be just what it needs. I’ve enjoyed it a LOT more since Jin and J showed up, but that doesn’t make Hiromu and Yoko’s personalities any more tolerable. I’m rooting for it, though! There’s a good show in there somewhere!

    1. First off, Henshin Justice posted an article about this (http://henshinjustice.com/2012/07/11/of-riders-and-ratings-demographics/). Second, maybe franchise fatigue is setting in. It happened with Star Trek after the series Enterprise and the movie Nemesis both underperformed (least successful film in the franchise so far). Granted, Toei wants to keep both pots boiling because they’re raking in the money for them, but maybe a year off for both wouldn’t be SO bad (absence makes the heart grow fonder right?). Give them time to develop fresh ideas for both.

      1. I would say that Sentai has had 30someodd years of shows straight and that Toei wouldn’t want to break that. But it looks a lot worse when the most recent show is the lowest rated of them all.

  3. FNS 27 Hour TV aired that week, and all the shows ususally get a drop during that time.

    However, Go-Busters’ situation is severe because while Fourze and Smile Precure has pulled a rating in the 4% before but Go-Busters was never pulling a rating as low as a 2%.

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