As the plot of Marimar becomes more interesting with the discovery that Marimar/Bella (Marian Rivera) is the real heiress of Don Gustavo Aldama (Jestoni Alarcon), its ratings continue to soar. GMA-7's primetime soap opera also maintains its overall lead among primetime and daytime programs, according to the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households from October 16 to 18.
Marimar posted its highest rating, so far, last Tuesday (October 16) with a staggering 44.6 percent. The following night (October 17), however, its rating fell to 44.3 percent, and last night, October 18, to 41.7 percent. But still, it is the only show now that surpasses the 40-percent mark.
Coming in at distant second is the Kapuso fantaserye Zaido, which consistently trailed behind Marimar throughout this week.
Hwang Jini placed third last Tuesday and Wednesday, but GMA-7's primetime newscast 24 Oras managed to grab the No. 3 spot last night, Thursday, October 18.
ABS-CBN's fantaseryes, Lastikman and Kokey, continue to be the top crowd-drawers among Kapamilya shows, grabbing the fourth and fifth spots consistently.
After being out of the Top 10 in its first three nights, Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 finally squeezed into No. 9 last night, October 18, by virtue of its 21.6 percent rating.
As for the daytime programs, the afternoon soap Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap is proving to be the biggest threat to usual toprater Eat Bulaga. Although the longest-running noontime show placed No. 1 last Tuesday, the Dennis Trillo-Nadine Samonte soap opera grabbed the top spot Wednesday and Thursday.
The battle of the daily game shows is beginning to be more exciting as Kris Aquino's Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal and Paolo Bediones and Rufa Mae Quinto's Whammy! Push Your Luck are engaged in a seesaw battle.
While Deal or No Deal rated higher last Tuesday (tied at No. 6 with another ABS-CBN game show, Pilipinas, Game KNB?) and Wednesday (No. 5), GMA-7's Whammy! took the upper hand Thursday (No. 4).
Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs last October 16 to 18:
October 16 (Tuesday)
October 17 (Wednesday)
October 18 (Thursday)
Source: AGB Nielsen Philippines