TV RATINGS: ‘Ang Probinsyano’ beats ‘Encantadia’ by a huge margin

MANILA, Philippines - GMA Network has successfully launched a reboot of fantasy series ‘Encantadia’ after more than a decade. Same case with ABS-CBN where it remade Fernando Poe Jr.’s “Ang Probinsyano” 10 months ago. Reports say that ‘Encantadia’ dauntlessly matched ‘Ang Probinsyano’ with its pilot episode last night, July 18. But how did the Glaiza De Castro-led teleserye fare against Coco Martin-starred aksyon-serye?

Marian Rivera has special participation on 'Encantadia' 2016. How the fantaserye fared in TV Ratings vs. 'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano'
Marian Rivera has special participation on 'Encantadia' 2016. How the fantaserye fared in TV Ratings vs. 'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano'
Based on third party TV insights measurement company Kantar Media, ‘Ang Probinsyano’ garnered almost half of the pie with 42.4% nationwide ratings on July 18, topping its rookie rival ‘Encantadia’ which only acquired 21.0% or 50% lower than ABS-CBN’s prized-primetime slot.

Kantar TV ratings July 18

The assassination of General Delfin Borja portrayed by Jaime Fabregas who is the grandfather of Cardo Dalisay characterized by Coco Martin was the story of last night’s episode. Comebacking Kapamilya Cesar Montano who plays as Hector Mercurio, a former PNP-SAF officer also helped the show increased its grade. Hector shot Gen. Borja on his birthday party at Lola Kap’s (Susan Roces) residence.

Ang Probinsyano is still expected to go ahead of Encantadia in the following days because of Borja’s critical situation in the hospital. Many fans are still puzzled whether Cardo’s grandfather will pass away or live. The face-off between Cardo and Hector is also being look after. Mercurio trained and sharpened Dalisay during their SAF tenure so previews during commercial gaps show that Cardo is being battered by his former commanding officer and trainer. The spectators are itching to know whether Hector will finally succumbed to Cardo after evading numbers of arrests for murdering police officials or the latter will finally run out of his luck.

Encantadia however, edged Ang Probinsyano in Mega Manila ratings, 26.1% versus 24.2% as per another TV insights company, AGB Nielsen. The fantaserye’s official Twitter account, @EncantadiaGMA publicized its achievement to counter its competitor’s extravagant claim.

Many netizens believe that poor casting is the main reason why Encantadia’s primer episode failed against Ang Probinsyano. Aside from Glaiza De Castro, Kailie Padilla, Gabbi Garcia and Sanya Lopez complete the main characters of GMA’s newest fantaserye. Kapusos are still hopeful to gain the lead in the weeks to come as Encantadia’s original cast Dingdong Dantes a.k.a. Ybarro and his real life spouse Marian Rivera who plays as Ynang Reyna together with John “Heneral Luna” Arcilla as Hagorn are all set to appear in the next episodes.

As of publishing time, both shows are trending on Twitter with 'Encantadia' leading 'Ang Probinsyano' in the most recent ranking.

--Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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