Ratings: Actress’ comeback debuts as No. 1 show in the country
MANILA — After a year-long hiatus from showbiz, Julia Montes made a huge leap back to television, no less as the lead star of the new No. 1 weekend TV show in the country.
“24/7,” which sees Montes as a mother desperate to find a cure for her ailing son amid an epidemic, topped the list of most watched programs in the Philippines on February 23.
Billed as the first weekly action-drama series on local television, “24/7” drew a nationwide rating of 27%, according to Kantar Media, displacing weekend stalwart “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” (26.5%) to rank second in the list.
The number is a feat for “24/7,” as it indicated a sustained viewership throughout its Sunday night time slot that lasted an hour and 45 minutes.
The pilot episode of “24/7” saw Mia (Montes), a security guard, going to great lengths to obtain a vaccine for a new strain of dengue.
Facing off against a pharmaceutical giant, Mia, however, is killed in the process — until a genre twist is revealed in the episode’s closing minutes.
Flashing forward to the year 2045, Mia’s son, played as an adult by Tony Labrusca, is shown to have survived the epidemic. A world-renowned scientist, he invents a mysterious device which somehow ends up back in the year 2020 — inside Mia’s home, days before she is shot dead.
Watch the full episode below: