MANILA - It appears more and more Filipinos are tuning in to "Ang Probinsyano" as the primetime series races towards the conclusion of its latest story arc, which sees Cardo (Coco Martin) take on a hired gunman who targets top police officials.
Kantar Media data showed "Ang Probinsyano" garner a nationwide television ratings of 45.7 percent for its June 20 episode, the highest this week following 44.2 percent (Tuesday) and 42.2 percent (Monday).
The action-thriller based on the 1997 film of the same name also maintained its huge gap over rival program, "Encantandia." The returning fantaserye only received 20.1 percent, a drop of nearly one percentage point from its pilot episode.
The most recent "Ang Probinsyano" episode saw Cardo engage in a suspense-filled brawl with Hector (Cesar Montano), a former SAF member-turned-hired gun who blames fellow police officials for the death of his wife. Their confrontation led to a car chase, which concluded with Cardo rescuing Hector from the burning wreckage of his car.
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Meanwhile, ABS-CBN's other primetime offering "Dolce Amore," which stars Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, also scored a similar win. It received a nationwide ratings of 35.9 percent, more than double that of rival show, "Once Again."
The Elmo Magalona and Janelle Salvador-led "Born For You" also won with 18.9 percent versus 11.2 percent of "Juan Happy Love Story."
Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100 percent of the country's total viewing population, while the other ratings data supplier AGB Nielsen reportedly has only 2,000 homes based solely in urban areas that account for only 57 percent.