Cristina displaced "Apuesta por un Amor" and moved into the number two slot in the Nielsen primetime ratings of Spanish-language television. I imagine this has happened before, but I can't recall the last time there was something other than a telenovela among the top three programs. This development points to a growing audience for Ms. Saralegui and a shrinking audience for Apuesta. La Madrastra is doing just fine and continues its permanence as queen of the hill with a 25.9 rating. As usual, Univision has a lock on the first thirteen of the twenty-five most popular programs in Spanish-language primetime.
"Mujer en el espejo" had a strong week on Telemundo with an 8.5 rating, which is practically nosebleed territory for the Hialeah-based network. "Cuerpo del deseo" is doing well for Telemundo with a 6.1 rating. But Don Browne and Epigmenio Ibarra can't be happy about the sinking numbers for "Los Plateados", which has fallen to a 4.1 rating.
Telefutura continues to score with a mix of movies and sporting events landing the Univision-owned network with five programs on the top twenty-five list.
Azteca America didn't make the cut for the second week in a row. I will have to ask and see what the Mexican and US ratings are for "Amor en Custodia."
On the Spanish-language cable front, El Chavo and Chespirito continue to dominate the ten most popular programs. It is a clean sweep for Galavision.
I have decided to expand my full disclosure statement regarding the Nielsen numbers and Hispanic Ratings Watch. I currently freelance for Marketing y Medios, which is owned by VNU the parent company of Nielsen Media. I worked as an assignment editor at the Telemundo O & O in Miami fourteen years ago. I held the same post at the NBC-owned station also in Miami twelve years ago. I think that is all.