WATCH: 'Legal Wife' climax triggers Twitter firestorm

Posted at 04/25/14 1:42 AM

Soap's nationwide rating soars as mistress drama unfolds

MANILA - "The Legal Wife" once again zoomed up as the No.1 topic on Twitter worldwide, as the drama series reached a climactic scene dubbed "the moment of truth."

In the soap's April 24 episode, Monica (Angel Locsin) is left devastated by her discovery that her husband, Adrian (Jericho Rosales), is having an affair with her best friend, Nicole (Maja Salvador).

Monica's anguish turns to rage when she sees the two emerging together from a hotel. She speeds up car in their direction, missing them by mere inches.

A distraught Adrian follows his wife home in an attempt to salvage their relationship, but Monica, reeling from her discovery, will have none of her husband's pleadings.

Unable to contain her emotions, Monica hits and shouts at Adrian.

Nicole, meanwhile, is left in shock at the realization that she has betrayed her closest friend, who had confided in her all her marital problems.

As the highly anticipated "moment of truth" aired on Thursday, "The Legal Wife" easily dominated conversations on Twitter. At one point, the episode's official hashtag, "#TLWTheFastAndTheFurious," was the No. 1 trend in both in the Philippines and worldwide.

The consistent presence of "The Legal Wife" in global trends online is reflected in nationwide ratings, as measured by Kantar Media using a panel size of 2,609 urban and rural homes.

Its April 23 episode, which featured Monica's first glimpse of Nicole and Adrian together, registered the series' all-time highest rating since its January debut. "The Legal Wife" scored 27.3% in national TV ratings, ahead of its competition by almost 15 percentage points.

"The Legal Wife," which is under the direction of Rory Quintos and Dado Lumibao, airs weeknights after "Ikaw Lamang" during ABS-CBN's primetime block.

It also stars Christopher de Leon, Rio Locsin, Mark Gil, Maria Isabel Lopez, JC de Vera, Joem Bascon, Ahron Villena, Janus del Prado, and Matet de Leon.