ABS-CBN Scores 10 Points Higher than GMA-7 in February TV Ratings

ABS-CBN Corporation, the country’s leading and largest multimedia conglomerate, widened its lead over rival TV stations in February with an average audience share growing to 42%, or 10 points higher than GMA Network’s 32%.


Data from Kantar Media show that more Filipino households across urban and rural areas watched ABS-CBN’s top-quality programs as its total day share rose two points from 40% in January, while GMA suffered a one-point drop from 33% in the previous month.

Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,609 urban and rural homes that represent 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population, while AGB Nielsen reportedly has 1,980 homes based solely in urban areas that represent only 57% of the Philippine TV viewing population.

February’s figures also reveal that ABS-CBN’s primetime block (6PM-12MN) pulled away with an audience share of 47%, a three-point increase from 44% in January, while GMA dipped to 29% from 31%. GMA’s decline in primetime viewership was also seen in Metro Manila where it only garnered an audience share of 34%, losing to ABS-CBN’s 37%.

The primetime block is the most important part of the day when most Filipinos watch TV and advertisers put a larger chunk of their investment in to reach more consumers efficiently.

ABS-CBN’s primetime dominance was even bolstered by the viewership of its top programs “Ina Kapatid Anak,” which enjoyed a national TV rating of 37.2% and superhero drama “Juan Dela Cruz” with 37.9%. “Princess and I,” meanwhile, finished on top of its game with a whopping 38.1% on its much-anticipated finale last February 1.

The fourth season of talent reality show “Pilipinas Got Talent” rose to 28.4%, while newcomer “Apoy sa Dagat” blazed on primetime with a strong 25.6%.

“Maalaala Mo Kaya” (30.4%) continued to outperform rival program “Magpakailanman,” which only managed 21.3%.

“TV Patrol” also remained as the country’s number one newscast with a national TV rating of 28.5%.

ABS-CBN secured the top 12 slots on the list of the 15 most watched programs in February namely “Princess and I” (38.1%), “Juan Dela Cruz” (37.9%), “Ina Kapatid Anak” (37.2%), “Wansapanataym” (32.2%), “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (30.4%), “TV Patrol” Weekday (28.5%, “Pilipinas Got Talent” (28.4%, “Be Careful With My Heart” (28%), “Apoy sa Dagat “(25.6%), “Rated K” (24.8%), Kapamilya Deal or No Deal” (24.3%), and “Goin’ Bulilit” (22.8%).

In Total Balance Luzon (areas in Luzon outside Mega Manila), ABS-CBN averaged a total day audience share of 42% vs GMA’s 36%. Half of the viewers in the Visayas also tuned in to ABS-CBN with 50% vs GMA’s 25%. In Mindanao, ABS-CBN’s audience share averaged 54% compared to GMA’s 22%.

Kantar Media is a leading television (TV) audience measurement provider with capabilities in gathering TV viewing data in both digital and analog platforms. It Is a multinational market research group that specializes in audience measurement in more than 80 countries, has 26 TV networks, ad agencies, and pan-regional networks subscribing to its ratings services.

Among its current subscribers are ABS-CBN, NBN, Sky Cable, J. Romero and Associates, 720ConsumerConnect, Starcom, OMD, PhD, Mediacom, Mindshare, MEC, Maxus, Universal McCann, Wellmade Manufacturing Corporation, Brand Ideas, and MPG Havas. They also include pan-regional networks like CSM Media Inc., Fox International Channels, Star HK, Discovery, AXN, HBO, MTV, Sony Pictures Television International, Celestial Tiger, and A&E Television Network.

Among these, the following subscribe to both urban and rural TV audience measurement: ABS-CBN, Brand Ideas, MPG Havas, and 720ConsumerConnect.

ABS-CBN shifted to Kantar Media/TNS after filing a case vs. AGB Nielsen Media Research for failing to comply with its request to investigate alleged cheating and data tampering in TV ratings. The case is still pending in court contrary to claims by GMA, which is not a party to the case, that it has been resolved.





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