Demon Slayer Season 2 Penultimate Episode Viewership Beats the Olympics

Demon Slayer Season 2 Penultimate Episode Scores a record viewership of 17.7 Million Viewers.

Attack on Titan might be the biggest anime in the world right now, but in Japan, Demon Slayer is unparalleled.

The cultural phenomenon continues to set new standards for just how successful an anime can be. The anime’s television ratings are further proof of that as they have not only been racking up millions of viewers every week but with the climax of the Entertainment District Arc of Demon Slayer Season 2, the series has even beaten the peak individual viewership broadcast ratings of both the regular programming of the Beijing Olympics and its Opening Ceremony with its Penultimate episode.

Season 2 of Demon Slayer has offered the fans of the anime, some of the most spectacular and exquisite moments of the series so far and Ufotable has nailed every single frame to deliver those moments in all its glory.

Demon Slayer Season 2: Entertainment District Arc Episode 11

Episode 10 of Demon Slayer Season 2 delivered a half-hour of pure spectacle and jaw-dropping action with what might be Ufotable’s some of the finest work yet. The episode was viewed by a whopping 17.73 million viewers (14.1%) in 10.786 million households (21% rating among all households) within the first 7 days with Live and 7 days of DVR viewing. 

This was not only the Most-Watched Episode of the anime for the season but even the Opening Ceremony for the Beijing Olympics fell short of this episode of Demon Slayer, with the Olympics scoring a viewership rating of 13.7% as it was viewed by 17.23 million people.

According to Video Research Ltd., Demon Slayer Season 2 is also currently the 3rd Most-Watched TV Show in Japan right now on television, with another manga adaptation, the TV Drama for Mystery to Iu Nakare being the Most-Watched Broadcast of the Week.

Mystery to Iu Nakare was viewed by 20.25 million people the same week and it scored an individual rating of 16.1%.

Demon Slayer Season 2: Entertainment District Arc has also been the Most Popular TV Show in the Japanese SVOD services for a while now and was also the Most-Watched TV Show of 2021 in streaming services across Japan.

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Demon Slayer Season 2 has been averaging more than 15 Million Viewers every week with DVR.

Demon Slayer Season 2: Entertainment District Arc Episode 11

The epic extravagant affair between Tanjiro and Daki in Episode 6 was viewed by over 16.35 million viewers within the first week and saw an increase of over 750,000 viewers from the previous episode, which had 15.59 million unique viewers with the Live+7 DVR figures. The episode saw a rating of 19.9% among TV households and was viewed by more than 10.22 million households, a significant increase of 1.4% from the last episode.

This massive hype and momentum created by Episode 6 set Demon Slayer for a significant weekly boost with the viewership finally hitting the 17.5 million mark for the penultimate episode.

Demon Slayer Season 2 Premiere was Viewed by Over 10.6 Million Households. 

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.

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.

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. The premiere recorded 6.667 million viewers with an individual rating of 5.3%.

But the Live+7 days’ figure for the episode was even more astonishing, it was simply astronomical, with a total of 10.683 million unique TV households (20.8% of all TV households) watching the premiere 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.

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 19.7% of Japanese households with more than 10.118 million unique households tuning in to the episode after seven days of the broadcast.

To put things into perspective, Sazae-san, the most-watched anime programme based on live ratings, doesn’t even rank amongst Top 15 when DVR figures are taken into consideration, Demon Slayer simply has no competition amongst anime br0adcasts.


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.

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