Kamis, 11 November 2010

GMA’s ‘24 Oras’ tops Metro ratings, but TV-5’s Willing-Willie catching up

Television station GMA Network Inc. said its news program “24 Oras” was still the most watched show in the Mega Manila area during the evening time slot.

However, the variety show in the same time slot “Willing-Willie,” hosted by controversial TV personality Willie Revillame, posted a strong improvement in ratings this week, Nielsen’s TV Audience Measurement survey showed.

This follows the entry of Valenzuela Councilor and President Benigno Aquino III’s former flame Shalani Soledad as Revillame’s co-host.

This helped the entertainment show become the second-best rated show earlier this week, leapfrogging ahead of ABS-CBN Corp.’s news program “TV Patrol,” which fell to the third spot in primetime.

The November 8 overnight people ratings show 24 Oras, with 11.6 rating points, “outclassing” ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol, 10.7. “This despite the ABS-CBN newscast’s much-hyped changes in its roster of news readers,” GMA Network said in a statement.

TV Patrol’s lead anchors were recently changed following the return of former Vice-President Noli de Castro and Korina Sanchez. Both have joined newscaster Ted Failon as the show’s anchors.

TV-5’s Willing-Willie managed 10.3 rating points during the time slot it aired.

But on Tuesday evening, Willing-Willie achieved 10.2 ratings points, better than TV Patrol’s 9.5 points. GMA’s 24 Oras maintained its lead with 11.9 ratings points. More than half of all TV viewers in the country are located in the Metro Manila area.

“Bannered by the most formidable and most credible tandem in local broadcasting today—multi-awarded broadcast journalists Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco—and powered by the country’s most respected news team that has won both local and international honors, 24 Oras works tirelessly to keep the trust of the viewers,” GMA Network said.

Willing Willie airs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, or right after TV5’s hour-long news cast “Aksyon.” On weekdays, Willing-Willie airs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Rey Espinosa, president of TV5 operator Associated Broadcasting Corp., earlier said the weekend broadcasts of Willing-Willie has topped ratings for the last two weeks.

TV5, which is now backed by local business executive and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) chair Manuel V. Pangilinan, wants to be the country’s top TV station in the country in the next three to five years.