THE drama-filled Game Six of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Finals between San Mig and Rain or Shine proved to be another big hit as far as television ratings is concerned.
Based on the overnight data from Nielsen Media Research, the Wednesday night match aired over TV5 landed in the Top 3 of the most-watched primetime show in its timeslot.
From 8-11 p.m., the walkout-marred game averaged close to four million viewers or 9.5 percent AMR and 32.percent audience share in the National Urban TV Audience Measurement (NUTAM).
At its peak, it was watched by nearly 5.4 million viewers or 12.7 percent AMR and and 53.7 percent audience share, surpassing the numbers posted during the decisive Game Seven of the semifinals series between San Mig and Ginebra last February 12.
It also managed to equal ABS-CBN’s Got to Believe, and surpassed its subsequent shows - The Legal Wife, Aquino & Abunda, and The Biggest Loser while also beating GMA shows Rhodora X and 100 Year Legacy.
A total of 20,337 fans trooped to the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and witnessed the coronation of San Mig as this year’s All-Filipino champion after defeating a gusty Rain or Shine side, 93-87.
“It was a very good series for both teams. There was no distinct advantage for either of them. It was amazing to see that Filipinos really love a good basketball game and it really shows in the ratings for this Finals series,” said Chot Reyes, head of Sports5.
“This just proves the decision to put the PBA on TV5 was very beneficial both to the league and to TV5.”
The exciting game was marred by the `partial walkout’ of the Elasto Painters early in the second quarter for what the team deemed as `unfair officiating.’
Rain or Shine eventually was prevailed upon to return and gave San Mig a good fight to the finish.
Mark Barroca led the Mixers in clinching their 11th title overall and Tim Cone his 16th championship, making him the winningest coach in the history of the league.