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ABS-CBN, GMA claim ratings lead in November

ABS-CBN Corp. and GMA Network, Inc. once again claimed the lead in nationwide television ratings for November, citing different audience measurement providers.

Using data from Kantar Media, ABS-CBN said it had an average audience share of 46% nationwide versus GMA’s 34% in November.

Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 of both rural and urban households to represent nationwide viewership.

ABS-CBN said it kept its lead in Mega Manila with an average audience share of 37% against GMA’s 34%, and in Metro Manila, with 41% versus GMA’s 27%.

The Lopez-led media giant said its audience share stood at 44% in Total Luzon against GMA’s 35%; 54% in Total Visayas versus GMA’s 27%; and 49% in Total Mindanao versus GMA’s 34%.

For the month of November, ABS-CBN said it dominated all time blocks, particularly prime time with an average audience share of 51% versus GMA’s 32%. Its most popular show remained FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, with a national TV rating of 41.1%.

Meanwhile, GMA Network said it dominated the National Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM) with an average total day people audience share of 43.2% against ABS-CBN’s 38.2%, citing Nielsen Philippines TV Audience Measurement.

GMA said it bested ABS-CBN across all day parts in NUTAM, with a 42.1% in the evening block versus the latter’s 40.8%.

The media company also said it registered a total day people audience share of 48.8% in Urban Luzon versus ABS-CBN’s 32.6%.

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ABS-CBN, GMA claim TV ratings lead for 2017

RIVAL TELEVISION networks ABS-CBN Corp. and GMA Network, Inc. both claimed the lead in nationwide TV ratings for 2017.

In a statement, ABS-CBN said it ended the year with an average audience share of 46%, or 12 points higher than GMA’s 34%, citing data provided by multinational audience measurement provider Kantar Media.

Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes, which it says represent 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population.

ABS-CBN said it dominated the primetime block (6 p.m. to 12 midnight) in 2017, with an average audience share of 50%, versus GMA’s 32%.

The Lopez-led network said it also had higher ratings for the morning block (6 a.m.-12 noon) with 39% versus GMA’s 32%; the noontime block (12 noon – 3 p.m.) with 45% versus GMA’s 36%; and afternoon block (3 p.m.-6 p.m.) with 43% versus GMA’s 38%.

ABS-CBN said it also bested its rival in Total Balance Luzon with an average national audience share of 48% versus GMA’s 36%; in Total Luzon with 42% vs GMA’s 36%, in Total Visayas with 53% versus GMA’s 28%; and in Total Mindanao with 53% versus GMA’s 31%.

In December, the Lopez-led network said it dominated nationwide ratings with an average audience share of 45% versus GMA’s 34%.

Meanwhile, GMA, in a separate statement, said it recorded an average 42.5% total day people audience share in the National Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM), against ABS-CBN’s 36.8%, citing Nielsen TV Audience Measurement’s full year data.

GMA said it was the ahead for 2017 in all time blocks in both Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, posting 48.8% (against ABS-CBN’s 31%) and 51.9% (against ABS-CBN’s 26.7%), respectively.

The listed network said its December ratings hit 44.3% against ABS-CBN’s 37.2%.


ABS-CBN posts P3.16 billion net income in 2017, exceeds goal

MANILA - ABS-CBN Corp said Friday it posted net income of P3.16 billion in 2017, as rising consumer sales aided revenue growth.

The country's largest media and entertainment company said consolidated revenues reached P40.7 billion last year. Consumer sales rose by a "healthy" 9 percent.

"Overall, we are pleased with our performance for 2017 and we are particularly happy to have exceeded our guidance for net income," said ABS-CBN chief financial officer Aldrin Cerrado.

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The company maintained its TV ratings lead last year, headlined by by the long-running Coco Martin police drama "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," followed by "Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids" and "The Voice Teens."

With the ratings-based pricing called CPIRP that has been in place since 2015, Cerrado said "improved ratings directly translate to increased revenues."

Total costs and expenses for 2017 were flat compared to the previous year. On a per-hour basis, costs were down 2 percent, ABS-CBN said.

Total assets rose to P75.1 billion as of end of December 2017 compared to P72.7 billion in 2016. The company’s equity base increased to P33.7 billion from P31.7 billion.

As of December 2017, ABS-CBN said it sold 4.3 million units of its TVPlus. By the end of 2018, the company hopes to breach the 6-million mark, ABS-CBN Group CFO Ron Valdueza said.
"Our subsidiaries also made significant contributions to our revenue growth," he said.

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SkyCable revenues grew 4 percent to P9.1 billion in 2017, driven by a 21-percent increase in broadband and DTH Subscribers. By year-end, the company had over one million PayTV subscribers and more than 200,000 broadband subscribers, bringing Sky’s total subscriber base to over 1.2 million.

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Kidzania, the company’s educational theme park, attracted over 330,000 visitors for 2017, while TV shopping channel O Shopping generated P840 million in sales. is the official news website of ABS-CBN Corp.


ABS-CBN says 2 soundstages operational by May

MANILA - ABS-CBN Corp's 2 soundstages in Bulacan province will be operational by May, helping the country's largest media and entertainment company cut costs, an official said.

With the soundstages, ABS-CBN can save on rental of equipment and facilities, said its chief financial officer, Aldrin Cerrado.

"The good thing about this is, when we save, we have extra money to produce more content for the different platforms, especially digital," Cerrado told reporters.

ABS-CBN posted net income of P3.16 billion in 2017, exceeding its goal. Consolidated revenues last year reached P40.7 billion while consumer sales rose 9 percent.

"Overall, we are pleased with our performance for 2017 and we are particularly happy to have exceeded our guidance for net income," Cerrado said.


ABS-CBN elects Gabby Lopez as chairman emeritus, Mark Lopez as chairman

MANILA - The ABS-CBN Corp board of directors on Thursday elected Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III as chairman emeritus and Martin "Mark" Lopez as chairman. 

Gabby Lopez, 65, is the second to hold the title of chairman emeritus after his late father, Eugenio "Geny" Lopez Jr, known fondly as "Kapitan." The family patriarch became chairman emeritus when his son succeeded him as chairman in 1997.

"As every athlete knows, there comes a time when inevitably it’s time to let go of the reins and allow others to take over. My father has always said ‘broadcasting’ is for the young. After all, today’s digital world is vastly different from the world I managed,” Gabby Lopez told an annual meeting of stockholders. He said that he “will not disappear into the woodwork.”

Gabby Lopez did not seek a fresh term as chairman as part of the company's succession planning. 

He also served as CEO of ABS-CBN from 1997 to 2012 and is credited with steadily transforming the company from being the country’s biggest broadcasting network into being the leading media and entertainment company.

Under his leadership, ABS-CBN diversified into interactive and online media, international and domestic cable and satellite channels, broadband services, sports programming, consumer products and licensing, digital TV, and immersive experiences.

It was also under his leadership that ABS-CBN launched cable TV service SkyCable, global subscription channel The Filipino Channel, and video-on-demand streaming sites and iWant TV. He also pursued the launch of ABS-CBN TVplus, the country’s first-ever digital terrestrial television product.

"I accept this huge responsibility of carrying on the company’s vision of being in the service of the Filipino – using the blueprint of excellence and innovation set by Gabby. ABS-CBN has played an instrumental role in nation-building in the past 65 years," Mark Lopez said.

"We understand what the company means to the Filipino and this country, and we will take this to heart as we guide the company through its digital transformation," added the new chairman, who was identified as a successor as early as 5 years ago.

In his previous role as chief technology officer, Mark was responsible for setting the company’s strategic directions and ensuring operational excellence in information and communications, as well as technology broadcast engineering.

He spearheaded ABS-CBN’s system modernization, highlighted by the migration to the cloud and the automation of content creation and delivery to various media platforms. He was also responsible for ABS-CBN’s migration to HD and the completion of the digital terrestrial television infrastructure.

Prior to joining ABS-CBN, Mark spent 13 years at Meralco, the largest power distribution company in the country, where he eventually assumed the role of vice president and chief information officer. He also served as president of e-Meralco Ventures Inc until 2010.

Mark completed INSEAD’s general management program in 2017, received his Executive Masters in Business Administration degree from the Asian Institute of Management in 2003, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Menlo College, California in 1994.


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