With a gentle and steady pace shadowing the melancholy of the Mugen Train Arc, Demon Slayer stepped into its next chapter of evolution and harlotry with the Entertainment District Arc on the 5th of December, 2021.
The premiere for Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc was undoubtedly the most-anticipated anime broadcast of the year in Japan, and it has lived up to the all hype surrounding the anime, practically blowing all of its competition out of the water.
A passionate culmination of sincere dedication and earnest hard work, the premiere episode delivered Demon Slayer’s characteristic polished animation and ridiculously beautiful & mindful attention to detail strung together with a heartwrenching music score, building a complete experience of the genius the anime has carved its name into.
Demon Slayer Season 2 Premiere was Viewed by Over 10.6 Million Households.
The first broadcast of the Entertainment District Arc from Demon Slayer Season 2 saw a tremendous start with a rating of 9.2% among all households in Japan, as more than 4.725 million households tuned into the episode.
But the Live+7 days’ figure for the episode is more than stellar, it is simply astronomical, with more than 7.139 million households catching up on the premiere within the first seven days of broadcast. The timeshift viewing has a rating of 13.9% among all households.
While the former figure includes the households, who watched it for a second time as well but overall, a massive 10.683 million unique households (20.8% of all TV households) watched the programme during its first week, not only making it the Most-Watched Anime Broadcast of the week by a landslide but also the 4th Most-Watched TV Show of the week in Japan.
It’s also worth a note that despite its late-night slot of 11:15 pm on a weeknight, the first introduction to the Entertainment District featuring the Sound Hashira, Tengen Uzui, also recorded 6.667 million viewers with an individual rating of 5.3%.
The second episode stood firm with a live household rating of 8.7% (4.47 million households) and a viewership rating of 5.1% (6.415 million viewers).
The episode was watched by 6.728 million households (13.1% household rating) within the first week of the broadcast, which took the total households viewing tally to a massive 19.7%, with more than 10.118 million unique households tuning in to the episode after seven days of the broadcast.
These figures for the new season hold up to the first broadcast of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train movie in the primetime slot, which saw a humongous 21.4% household rating in Japan during its broadcast in late September. The movie was viewed by over 10.992 million households and peaked at 22.9% during its broadcast as 11.762 million households were spending their Saturday night catching the movie’s broadcast.
Demon Slayer Season 2’s Anime Original Episode Remains its Most-Watched Live Broadcast of the Season.
With the premiere of the Entertainment District Arc, Demon Slayer Season 2 deftly ushers us into a faithful narrative, mapping an inherently refined devotion to its plot and characters where fans witness a gradual descent of our cast into grief; wounded, and bereaving. Tracing emotional scars and lingering physical bruises in the wake of the ever-optimistic Flame Hashira Rengoku’s death.
The premiere sketches a masterful mosaic of this portrait of desolation, illustrating the different ways with which each person staggered through the burning bridge this change depicted—surrendering the arc a mindful closure with Tanjiro’s pursuance of Rengoku’s last wish of delivering heartfelt declarations to his family, leading us into an emotionally charged encounter.
It should be noted that the most-watched live broadcast of Season 2 of Demon Slayer remains the anime original premiere centred around Rengoku. An estimated 5.136 million households tuned in to see Rengoku on their screens again this October, with the episode scoring a rating of 10% among all television households in Japan.
However, the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Arc saw a fast decline in the ratings after the recap episodes started. The Mugen Train Arc averaged 6.7% households during its six-week run, with 3.44 million TV households tuning into the anime every week.
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Source: Video Research Ltd.