The PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals featuring the defending champions Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters vs the B-MEG Llamados has been creating pandemonium among basketball fans.
Television ratings are strong and gate attendance is at its highest in Season 37 of the league, leaving PBA commissioner Chito Salud is thrilled with the response to the series.
“I am happy for our fans that they are enjoying the games yet again. They deserve it. I am happy for our players that they are embracing the simple formula of playing hard all the time, improving their craft and being a role model on and off the court. The fans are responding and our players have to be commended,” he said.
The finals has posted impressive viewership ratings. According to the Nielsen Media Research NUTAM Individuals data, viewership of Game Five last May 2 registered as high as 2.2 million viewers or a score of 5.2% AMR (14.2% audience share) as the B-MEG Llamados took control of the game and a commanding 3-2 lead in the series.
Attendance at the games is soaring with an average turnout of more than 14,000 fans per game. It peaked at its highest last Sunday, April 29 during Game Four of the series with 18,696 packing the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Crowd attendance has also been faring well even on weekdays. Game Five last Wednesday, May 2, had 15,183 fans at the venue — a staggering number for a weekday game.
Basketball fans can watch the Game Six action on television via AKTV on IBC 13, the primetime sports channel on Philippine TV. Encore replay of the game can be seen on HYPER (seen on Channel 43 at Cignal Digital TV).
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