ABS-CBN's version of Dyesebel emerged as the most watched program nationwide and in Mega Manila last Monday, March 17.
This series is topbilled by Anne Curtis and her leading men Sam Milby and Gerald Anderson although they were not yet seen in the fantaserye directed by Don Cuaresma and Francis Pasion.
The pilot episode of Dyesebel made it a point to inject lessons about preserving the environment, particularly the ocean.
Viewers had the chance to watch the backstory of the parents of the half-human and half-mermaid character based on komiks created by Mars Ravelo.
In the series, Lucia (Dawn Zulueta) is the daughter of a Bantay Dagat (played by Bembol Roco).
There is an explosion heard in the ocean and Bembol's character goes out to sea to arrest the fishermen using dynamite to catch fish. Lucia lectures them by saying that they are destroying the environment.
A gas lamp is accidentally overturned and it causes an explosion, causing the characters of Bembol and Dawn to be thrown overboard.
They are eventually saved by a merman prince named Tino (Albert Martinez).
A few days later, Bembol's character dies in a hospital.
A grief-stricken Lucia is shocked to know that her savior is a merman but she overcomes her fear as she gets to know him more.
Andi Eigenmann, Dawn Zulueta, Gerald Anderson, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Gabby Concepcion
The show's official hashtag #DyesebelAngSimula became one of the worldwide trending topics on that night.
MEGA MANILA RATINGS. In Mega Manila, the Kapamilya version of Dyesebel was able to beat GMA-7's mermaid-themed show Kambal Sirena.
According to data from AGB Nielsen, Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel was able to register 25.2% rating, making it the most watched program that day.
Kambal Sirena, its rival show starring Louise delos Reyes, was able to get a rating of 23.6% that night. It became the second most-watched program last March 17.
NATIONWIDE RATINGS. According to data from Kantar Media, the fantasy series scored a national TV rating of 32.8%, or almost 15 points higher than its rival program Kambal Sirena, which got 17.9%.
Gerald Anderson, Anne Curtis, Sam Milby
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