'Maria Mercedes' debuts in Philippines' Top 5
MANILA -- The Philippine remake of "Maria Mercedes" broke into the top five most watched programs nationwide on Monday, marking a strong debut for the Jessy Mendiola-starrer.
The drama series' pilot episode aired on October 7, according to data from multi-national market research group Kantar Media, registered a national TV rating of 23.8%.
Its competing program aired on GMA-7, "Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas," lagged behind by as much as 10 percentage-points, having garnered only 13.2% in nationwide ratings on the same day.
The strong draw of "Maria Mercedes" in viewership scored a top five sweep for ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block, ratings data showed.
The adaptation of the Mexican series starring Thalia ranked fifth among the Philippines' most watched programs on Monday. "Juan dela Cruz" topped the list with 35.1%, followed by "TV Patrol" (30.2%), "Got to Believe" (29.4%), and "Annaliza" (26.2%), respectively.
In the Twitter-trending debut telecast of "Maria Mercedes," the title character's tumultuous family life as a child is revealed. As a teen (Alex Ilacad), she is seen moving to Manila with her father (Dominic Ochoa) and siblings after being estranged from her mom (Vina Morales).
Directed by Chito Rono, "Maria Mercedes" airs weeknights after "Got to Believe" during ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block.