AGB Mega Manila TV Ratings (March 3-8): Coverage of Francis Magalona's death took over weekend viewing

Shows that featured the death of Master Rapper Francis Magalona took over the interest of most viewers this weekend. For example, Eat Bulaga!, which Francis used to co-host, posted a rating of 35.3 percent last Saturday, March 7.

News about Francis Magalona's death was what people avidly watched last weekend. That's why programs featuring tributes and stories about the Master Rapper gained favorably in the ratings.

Eat Bulaga!, which has been Francis's home for so many years, devoted its entire show last Saturday, March 7—a day after he succumbed to leukemia—to pay tribute to the King of Pinoy Rap. That episode generated a rating of 35.3 percent, which is way up the usual rating of the country's longest-running noontime show. Aside from topping the daytime race, Eat Bulaga! was also the second highest-rated show last Saturday after Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.

The very strong showing of Eat Bulaga! created a snowball for GMA-7 shows throughout the day. Showbiz-oriented talk show Startalk, which is being aired right after Eat Bulaga!, posted a rating of 24.3 percent; which is also much higher than its usual rating. Startalk had the first on-cam interview with Francis's wife, Pia Arroyo-Magalona and their children.

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, which also had a feature on Francis M, topped the primetime race with 35.4 percent, followed by Bitoy's Funniest Videos (32.2 percent) and Imbestigador (30 percent).

The TV coverage of the Binibining Pilipinas 2009 in GMA-7 ranked sixth with 18.7 percent; behind Kakasa Ka Ba Sa Grade 5? (24 percent) and XXX (20 percent).

The announcement of Francis's death on Eat Bulaga! last Friday, March 6, also got a very high rating, 28.7 percent, to lead all daytime programs. It was followed by the back-to-back Sine Novelas Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (25.6 percent) and Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? (22.8 percent).


The final episode of the GMA-7 fantaserye Luna Mystika topped the primetime race with 37.3 percent; while primetime newscast 24 Oras, which had an extensive feature on Francis's death, came in second with 35.8 percent.

Here are the comparative TV ratings of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 programs from March 3 to 8 based on the overnight ratings of AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

March 3, Tuesday


SiS (GMA-7) 7.9%; Ruffa and Ai (ABS-CBN) 7.4%

Lalola (GMA-7) 11.3%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 15.6%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 21.1%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 16.5%

Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 20%; Parekoy (ABS-CBN) 14.4%

Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (GMA-7) 22.8%; Pieta (ABS-CBN) 14.4%

Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? (GMA-7) 22.9%; La Traicion (ABS-CBN) 11%


Family Feud (GMA-7) 16.6%; Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 15.1%

24 Oras (GMA-7) 26.2%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 26.5%

Luna Mystika (GMA-7) 33.3%; May Bukas Pa (ABS-CBN) 27.4%

Totoy Bato (GMA-7) 34.9%; I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 26.6%

Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang (GMA-7) 30.8%; Tayong Dalawa (ABS-CBN) 28.6%

Fated To Love You (GMA-7) 25.5%; SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon (ABS-CBN) 21.4%

Outrageous and Courageous (GMA-7) 18.1%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 13%; Saksi (GMA-7) 12.3%

March 4, Wednesday

SiS (GMA-7) 8.4%; Ruffa and Ai (ABS-CBN) 7.2%

Lalola (GMA-7) 12.7%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 16.8%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 22.4%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 18.6%

Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 20.8%; Parekoy (ABS-CBN) 14.1%

Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (GMA-7) 24.8%; Pieta (ABS-CBN) 14.1%

Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? (GMA-7) 21.6%; La Traicion (ABS-CBN) 11.6%


Family Feud (GMA-7) 16.5%; Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 12.8%

24 Oras (GMA-7) 25%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 22.7%

Luna Mystika (GMA-7) 30.3%; May Bukas Pa (ABS-CBN) 26.4%

Totoy Bato (GMA-7) 29.7%; I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 26.8%

Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang (GMA-7) 29.5%; Tayong Dalawa (ABS-CBN) 28.3%

Fated To Love You (GMA-7) 26.8%; SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon (ABS-CBN) 20.8%


Masquerade (GMA-7) 17.9%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 11.5%; Saksi (GMA-7) 12%

March 5, Thursday

SiS (GMA-7) 9.5%; Ruffa and Ai (ABS-CBN) 6.8%

Lalola (GMA-7) 12.9%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 16.5%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 21.6%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 17.9%

Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 17%; Parekoy (ABS-CBN) 12.8%

Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (GMA-7) 21.1%; Pieta (ABS-CBN) 12%

Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? (GMA-7) 20.5%; La Traicion (ABS-CBN) 8.2%


Family Feud (GMA-7) 13%; Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 10.1%

24 Oras (GMA-7) 25.7%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 23%

Luna Mystika (GMA-7) 32.4%; May Bukas Pa (ABS-CBN) 26.8%

Totoy Bato (GMA-7) 31.2%; I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 27.5%

Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang (GMA-7) 28%; Tayong Dalawa (ABS-CBN) 32.1%

Fated To Love You (GMA-7) 24.4%; SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon (ABS-CBN) 23.6%

Obra (GMA-7) 13%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 16.1%; Saksi (GMA-7) 5.4%

March 6, Friday


SiS (GMA-7) 7.9%; Ruffa and Ai (ABS-CBN) 7.7%

Lalola (GMA-7) 13.1%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 17%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 28.7%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 16.6%

Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 20.4%; Parekoy (ABS-CBN) 12.4%

Paano Ba ang Mangarap? (GMA-7) 25.6%; Pieta (ABS-CBN) 11.3%

Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?(GMA-7) 22.8%; La Traicion (ABS-CBN) 8.9%


Family Feud (GMA-7) 19.2%; Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 10.5%

24 Oras (GMA-7) 35.8%; TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) 20%

Luna Mystika (GMA-7) 37.3%; May Bukas Pa (ABS-CBN) 25.4%

Totoy Bato (GMA-7) 33%; I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 25.6%

Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang (GMA-7) 31.2%; Tayong Dalawa (ABS-CBN) 25.9%

Fated To Love You (GMA-7) 26.4%; SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon (ABS-CBN) 15.2%

Bubble Gang (GMA-7) 19.7%; Friday Sine Special (ABS-CBN) 15.2%

Saksi (GMA-7) 14.7%; Bandila (ABS-CBN) 5.6%

March 7, Saturday


Joey's Quirky World (GMA-7) 17.4%; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 10.8%

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 35.3%; Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 14.9%

Startalk (GMA-7) 24.3%; Entertainment Live (ABS-CBN) 9.3%

Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) 19.8%; Cinema FPJ: Da King on ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN) 8.4%

Pinoy Records (GMA-7) 19.3%; Komiks Presents Mars Ravelo's Flash Bomba (ABS-CBN) 9%


Kakasa Ka Ba Sa Grade 5? (GMA-7) 24%; The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) 16.1%


Bitoy's Funniest Videos (GMA-7) 32.2%; Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) 17.7%; Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7) 35.4%

Imbestigador (GMA-7) 30%; XXX (ABS-CBN) 20%; Banana Split (ABS-CBN) 13%;

Binibining Pilipinas 2009 (GMA-7) 18.7%; Sports Unlimited (ABS-CBN) 4.9%

March 8, Sunday


Kay Susan Tayo (GMA-7) 12.6; Matangalawin (ABS-CBN) 12.3%; Joey's Quirky World (ABS-CBN) 17.1%

SOP (GMA-7) 18.4%; ASAP '08 (ABS-CBN) 15.3%

Dear Friend (GMA-7) 12%; Your Song Presents Underage (ABS-CBN) 11.7%

Showbiz Central (GMA-7) 14.6%; The Buzz (ABS-CBN) 12.1%


Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) 19.9%; Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) 14.1%

My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad (GMA-7) 19.1%; The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) 19.5%

Mel & Joey (GMA-7) 24.9%; Rated K (ABS-CBN) 20.9%

All Star K (GMA-7) 19.6%; Sharon (ABS-CBN) 20.2%

Ful Haus (GMA-7) 17.8%; TV Patrol World Linggo (ABS-CBN) 17.8%

Missing You (GMA-7) 12.5%; Sunday's Best (ABS-CBN) 8.2%

Weekend Report (GMA-7) 6.8%; Urban Zone (ABS-CBN) 2.1%

CLICK HERE for the ranking of the daytime and primetime programs from March 3 to 8.





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