'Honesto' debuts as No. 1 show in PH
Primetime Bida line-up trumps rival shows
MANILA -- "Honesto," the inspirational series that focuses on the value of honesty, debuted Monday as the overall most watched program in the Philippines, as it led ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida to a ratings sweep across its six offerings.
The new soap opera, which stars new discovery Raikko Mateo in the title role, scored a national TV rating of 30.5% during its pilot telecast last October 28, according to data from multi-national market research group Kantar Media.
Its competing program aired on GMA-7, "Genesis," lagged behind by 20 percentage-points, as it only registered a nationwide rating of 10.5%.
In the pilot episode of "Honesto," the title character's origins is traced to a remote village in the forest called Sitio Katapatan, where residents' noses grow red and bulbous when they lie.
Honesto is revealed to be the son of the chieftain's daughter, Fina (Maricar Reyes), and a reformed thief, Diego (Paulo Avelino), whose group conspired to rob the village of their gold and combined savings.
Kapamilya shows rule primetime
Aside from the massive viewership of "Honesto," the other five programs in the Primetime Bida line-up on Monday also topped their respective timeslots in national TV ratings.
"Annaliza," which features child star Andrea Brillantes as the good-hearted title character, kicked off the winning streak with 21.8% in nationwide ratings, versus its competing show's 10.9%.
ABS-CBN's flagship newscast, "TV Patrol," scored 25.8%, while "24 Oras" only garnered 14.7%. Anchored by Noli de Castro, Korina Sanchez and Ted Failon, the Kapamilya program leads in to "Honesto."
The big audience of "Honesto" trickled down to "Got to Believe," which trailed the top-rater with a nationwide rating of 28%. Its rival program, on the other hand, only garnered 10.1%.
"Maria Mercedes" starring Jessy Mendiola also maintained its lead over its competing show on GMA-7, with national TV ratings of 19% and 9.4%, respectively.
The Gerald Anderson-starrer, "Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin," also led its timeslot in the ratings game, having registered 13.4% versus its rival program's 6.1% on Monday.
Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,609 urban and rural homes, representing 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population.
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