By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Wed, 06 Jul 2011
The Philippine Azkals who routed Sri Lanka 4-0 before a wildly cheering crowd of over 13,000 fans last Sunday, July 3, clobbered the PBA which was telecast also on Studio 23 in terms of nationwide ratings.
The Azkals game rated an average of 9.7 nationally while the two PBA games rated an average of a mere 2.2 percent according to Kantar Media, Nutam ratings of total TV households.
The biggest gap was in Mindanao where the football match delivered an 11.25 rating which also registered the highest ratings for the PBA games with the first game turning in a 5.7 rating and the second 4.2.
In the Visayas where football is particularly popular in the Negros region, the Azkals vs Sri Lanka match rated 10.32 percent while the PBA games rated a dismal 2.2 and 1.5 percent.
Mega Manila registered a 10.4 rating for the Azkals as against 3.2 and 2.6 for the PBA games. It was a similar story in the suburbs where the national football team drew an 8.46 rating vs the PBA games which drew 2.5 and 1.3.
In Northern Luzon it was 5.09 for the football and 2.1 percent for each of the PBA games. The PBA fared even worse in Southern Luzon with ratings of 1.7 and 1.5 compared to 7.75 for the Azkals match.
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