MANILA -- The primetime series starring Andrea Brillantes as the classic soap opera character Annaliza won big in ratings on Monday, even as it went head-to-head with a new rival program.
"Annaliza," the ABS-CBN remake of the well-loved series starring the late Julie Vega, posted its highest ever rating on September 23 since its debut telecast in May. The feat was achieved despite airing in the same timeslot as GMA-7's new series, "Prinsesa ng Buhay Ko."
According to data from multi-national market research group Kantar Media, the Primetime Bida offering garnered 27.3% in national TV ratings on Monday, while the pilot episode of "Prinsesa ng Buhay Ko" aired on the same day only registered 15.1%.
The rating of "Annaliza" across urban and rural households placed it in the Top 4 most-watched programs in the Philippines on September 23, trailing other ABS-CBN programs -- "Juan dela Cruz," "TV Patrol" and "Got to Believe."
Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,609 urban and rural homes, representing 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population.
In the latest episodes of "Annaliza," the title character is finally revealed to be the long-lost daughter of Lazaro (Patrick Garcia) and Isabel (Denise Laurel). Her adoptive father, Guido (Zanjoe Marudo), is left to face the reality that he might lose his "reason for living."
Directed by Theodore Boborol, "Annaliza" airs weeknights before "TV Patrol."