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NHK’s “Kohaku” year-end music show earned a viewership rating of just 39.2 percent on New Year’s Eve — the lowest in the annual extravaganza’s 65-year history, according to TV audience researcher Video Research Ltd.

In its heyday, the music show featuring the year’s most successful singers logged a staggering rating of 81.4 percent, in 1963.

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