These days, it's not that easy to determine the pulse of the people as far as TV ratings are concerned.
The Kapamilya viewers would always say ABS-CBN shows are beating the rival shows.
Likewise, the Kapuso fans would claim their favorite GMA-7 programs are winning in terms of viewership.
On May 30, the well-publicized and much-anticipated Amaya aired its pilot episode.
According to AGB Nielsen Mega Manila, it generated 26.2 percent in the Household ratings and 14.3 percent in the People ratings. It landed second to Channel 2's Mara Clara.
Meanwhile, the household ratings of Kantar Media-TNS National was saying another thing—the Marian Rivera-starred epic series topped all Channel 7 shows, but placed sixth overall.
"Ano ba ang totoo?" some of the PEPsters asked.
While the numbers are primarily for the advertisers, it has now become a benchmark for fans on the star power of their idols.
It has also served as a pasttime for the couch potatoes and Netizens.
The minute both TV giants release their respective data, the comments section of PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) would start getting crowded, and sometimes flooded.
In the case of Marian's epic series, her fans have been busy posting praises for the show, and her detractors, calling it "Flop."
A week later, the June 7-9 results of AGB Nielsen Mega Manila announced that the binukot princess snatched the crown. In the Kantar Media-TNS National, however, it clung to its 6th spot.
Will Amaya maintain its lead? Will it ever overtake ABS-CBN's TV series?
Two poll results in PEP.ph have been in favor of Marian.
Out of 1, 284 PEPsters, 65.65% said they will watch Amaya.
In the current one, 63.87% agreed that the 26-year-old actress is worthy of the "Primetime Queen" tag, out of 584 PEPsters.
There's no doubt about Marian's popularity, but her continued success in the ratings race has yet to be determined.
One certain thing: The people can spot what's good or not good.