Derick Hubalde and Andi Eigenmann star as the title characters in ABS-CBN's re-telling of the Pinoy komiks classic 'Galema: Anak ni Zuma.' Photo: Handout
MANILA -- The afternoon soap starring Andi Eigenmann as a woman born with twin snakes attached to her neck drew strong viewership during its pilot week, nationwide ratings data showed, clinching the No. 1 spot in its timeslot.
"Galema: Anak ni Zuma," which debuted September 30 during ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold block, had a winning streak over GMA-7's "Pyra: Babaeng Apoy" in audience share across urban and rural areas.
According to the latest TV ratings data of multi-national market research group Kantar Media, the pilot episode of "Galema" scored a nationwide rating of 16.6%, or double the viewership of "Pyra."
The ratings lead of "Galema" carried over on October 1, as it scored 18.9% versus its competing program's 9.2%; and on October 2, with 17.4% versus 8.5%.
Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,609 urban and rural homes, representing 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population.
Kantar Media's October 1, 2013 TV ratings ranking
Based on the hit Pinoy komiks tale by Jim Fernandez, "Galema" centers on the good-hearted young woman as she struggles to live with a curse she inherited from her father Zuma.
Frowned upon because of the two-headed snake attached to her neck, Galema seeks to live a normal life, as well as the acceptance and love of the people surrounding her.
Airing weekdays at 4:15 p.m., "Galema: Anak ni Zuma" also stars Matteo Guidicelli, Meg Imperial, Sunshine Cruz, Sheryl Cruz, Carlos Morales, Divina Valencia, Lito Legaspi, and Derick Hubalde as Zuma.