Game Five between San Mig, Rain or Shine watched by average of four million viewers over TV5
The final act of San Mig Coffee's PBA grand slam season was watched by an estimated four million television viewers based on overnight data from Nielsen Media Research. Jerome Ascano

THE deciding Game Five of the PBA Governors Cup Finals between grand slam champion San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine scored big in the TV ratings as its live telecast over TV5 made it to the top five most watched primetime program on Wednesday night.

Based on overnight data from Nielsen Media Research, the winner-take-all match averaged almost 4 million viewers or 9.5 percent AMR and 34 percent audience share in the National Urban TV Audience Measurement (NUTAM) for the prime 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. time slot.

The figures equaled the high ratings reached during the Philippine Cup Finals last February also between the Mixers and Elasto Painters.

At its peak, the game was watched by 5.7 million viewers or 13.3 percent AMR and 56.8 percent audience share. The game’s viewership ratings managed to overtake shows on other networks, such as ABS-CBN’s Ikaw Lamang and Pure Love as well as GMA-7’s My Destiny and Ang Dalawang Mrs Real.

“What a perfect end to a record-breaking PBA coverage this season on TV5. It was a tightly-fought series between these two great teams with two of the best basketball coaches in the country,” said Gilas coach Chot Reyes, who is head of Sports5.

"History was also made with the grand slam feat of San Mig Super Coffee. It just goes to show how much Filipinos love the PBA,' Reyes added.

Gate attendance at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum during the game reached a season-high of 23,234 fans.

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