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FTT Year 2013 in Review: ABS-CBN

Another year is about to end. But before the calendar flips to 2014, here is a look back at the year that was in television and radio. This article will focus on ABS-CBN, who dominated television ratings all year.

The Positives

Everything went right for ABS-CBN. And it showed in its weekday offerings. Primetime Bida teleseryes dominated the Kantar ratings, led by the year’s top-rated series ‘Juan dela Cruz’. ‘TV Patrol’ remains the most preferred evening newscast, while ‘Showtime’ introduced the most talked-about ‘That’s My Tomboy’ and ‘Kalokalike’ segments that propelled them atop the noontime pyramid. And thanks to the highly-anticipated November wedding between Maya (Jodi Sta. Maria) and Richard ‘Ser Chief’ (Richard Yap), ‘Be Careful with My Heart’ continued to lord over the late morning slot.

The Kapamilya network continued to rack up ratings victories on weekends, aided by its reality competition shows ‘The Voice of the Philippines’, ‘Masterchef Pinoy Edition’, and ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’. Also helping their cause were the long-running anthology ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’ and game shows such as ‘Bet on Your Baby’ and ‘Kapamilya Deal or No Deal‘. ‘Gandang Gabi Vice‘ and ‘ASAP’ remain the most talked-about shows on social media.

Even its sports offerings beat the competition. The Miami-San Antonio NBA Finals and the La Salle-UST UAAP Men’s Basketball Finals scored big in the ratings and in the hearts of netizens. The network also continued to showcase top-notch boxing matches such as the ‘Pinoy Pride’ series and fights featuring Nonito Donaire.

The Negatives

While they were able to enjoy high ratings on primetime, there were still some shows that ended up lasting less than half a year. Examples include ‘Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin‘, ‘Apoy sa Dagat‘ and ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’, whose storylines required only at least four months of airing. Also getting the ax were the sitcom ‘Toda Max’, after lead star Robin Padilla reportedly left, and ‘The Buzz’, which was reformatted as ‘Buzz ng Bayan’. ABS-CBN’s programs were likewise not spared from MTRCB’s iron hands, as ‘ASAP’ was reprimanded in February for Anne Curtis’ sensual outfit and performance.

ABS-CBN personalities were also involved in various controversies. ‘Kris TV‘ was nearly cancelled when its host Kris Aquino announced her resignation after getting embroiled in a custody case with then-husband James Yap for their son Bimby. However, a month later, Aquino announced that she would only take a ‘leave of absence’ in June. As of now, ‘Kris TV’ continues to air in the morning slot.

And last November, Korina Sanchez criticized CNN’s Anderson Cooper regarding the latter’s report about the slow delivery of goods to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). As a result of the negative reaction she received from netizens, Sanchez took a ‘leave of absence’ before returning to duty a month later.

Outlook

ABS-CBN capped off the year by showcasing the love team of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla on ‘Got to Believe’, young child star Raikko Mateo on ‘Honesto’, and budding star Jessy Mendiola on ‘Maria Mercedes’. For 2014, they are expected to introduce another potential star in Julia Barretto on ‘Mirabella’. Going forward, ABS-CBN is poised for another banner year, and as long as their products continue to entice audiences, ABS-CBN will remain the country’s top network.

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Tengs Surprised by Jessy Mendiola at McDonalds

There’s no stopping the sudden popularity of the Teng brothers. After the UAAP men’s basketball finals between the UST Growling Tigers and the De La Salle Green Archers, brothers Jeron and Jeric Teng made guest appearances on various television programs and posed in several magazines. And even as Jeric started a new chapter as a member of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, Jeron’s appearances in his brother’s games continued to elicit a loud crowd reaction. But the best was yet to come.

In one of their recent television guestings, the Tengs revealed that their celebrity crush was Jessy Mendiola. Then on this McDonalds promotional click Mendiola made a surprise appearance promoting the McSpicy Chicken Burger while the Tengs prepared for a meal. Check out this hilarious and stunning video below.

While the Tengs have become overnight sensations, let’s not forget that they are still basketball players. Jeric is currently adjusting to life as a PBA player, while Jeron is balancing both academics and basketball in La Salle. Nevertheless, with their expanding amount of endorsements and media appearances, the Tengs have undoubtedly become bankable stars in the entertainment industry.

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Broadcasting Notes for the PBA, UAAP and NBA Global Games

The PBA Governors Cup Finals is set tomorrow, with the San Mig Coffee Mixers and Petron Blaze Boosters fighting for the tournament championship. The Finals will be seen live on TV5, a sign that with the network’s new programming shift comes the possibility of the PBA returning to the Kapatid network.

The start times for the Finals will be at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, and at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The earlier Sunday start time was made in order to not clash with TV5’s ‘Weekend Do It Better’ block which features ‘Pinoy Explorer‘, ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?‘, ‘Wow Mali Pa Rin’, and ‘The Mega and the Songwriter’. The games will be held at either the Mall of Asia Arena or the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Meanwhile, Game 3 of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Final between La Salle and UST will be seen this Saturday on ABS-CBN. The one-week break was initiated by ABS-CBN themselves, who felt that every potential clincher must be seen on the main Channel 2. Had the series ended on Wednesday, it would only be seen on Studio 23 due to Channel 2’s loaded afternoon lineup. And both the UAAP and ABS-CBN feel it’s the right call, after two of the last three clinchers were broadcast by UHF network Studio 23, with the 2011 clincher of Ateneo over FEU the only such game seen on ABS-CBN.

Game 3 will be at the Mall of Asia Arena, and SM management has placed stricter measures regarding ticket sales after the scalping issue that haunted Game 2. SM announced that limited SRO tickets will only be sold on game day at the MOA’s Marina booth, and only one person per ticket will be issued. The other tickets were taken care of by DLSU and UST.

And finally, the NBA Global Games in Manila tonight will be seen live on Basketball TV, NBA Premium TV and Studio 23. Replay times on BTV and NBA Premium TV can be seen on btv.com.ph.

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The End of the Ateneo Dynasty

Last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum was bittersweet for Ateneans, as the Blue Eagles‘ dynasty was put to an end by the UST Growling Tigers 82-74. The loss ended the five-year reign of Ateneo in the UAAP Men’s Senior Basketball tournament, while at the same time ending their 14-year streak of Final Four berths.

It was a forgettable end to an otherwise eventful season that saw Ateneo buck an 0-3 start, endure injuries, and come within a win of the Final Four. However, a string of off-court commotions, a lack of a dependable post presence, and an early-season injury to star guard Kiefer Ravena doomed the Eagles, and for the first time in six years, the campus in Katipunan will not hold a celebratory bonfire.

The game itself received considerable hype prior to tipoff, especially after the De La Salle Green Archers defeated UST last Saturday to force a winner-to-the-Final-Four matchup between Ateneans and Thomasians. The Big Dome was virtually sold out, with half of the arena occupied in yellow and the other half blue. Even before the game began the students raged a verbal war on social media, with Lasallians even joining in the action. This social media warfare continued during and after the game, with hashtags and words related to the game trending on Twitter. Outside, both the UST and Ateneo campuses were able to show the live coverage of the game for students with ongoing classes. In addition, every news outlet gave their eyewitness account on the game.

With UST’s entry, the Final Four cast was finally complete. UST will face the NU Bulldogs, while La Salle will take on the FEU Tamaraws. The La Salle-FEU bracket will be a virtual best-of-three, with the twice-to-beat incentive on the line for Saturday’s game. Meanwhile NU will hold the twice-to-beat advantage against UST, in a rematch of last year’s Final Four matchup. The NU-UST bracket will begin on Sunday. All of the Final Four games will be seen on Studio 23 and Balls HD 167.

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