'Amazing Race Asia' 2nd season strikes a chord in Singapore, Malaysia

'Amazing Race Asia' 2nd season strikes a chord in Singapore, Malaysia

MUMBAI: Action-oriented broadcaster AXN has announced that the second season of its reality show The Amazing Race Asia did well in Singapore and Malaysia during its final episode on 14 February 2008.

The channel says that its lead over other international cable channels that night made it number one especially among the PMEB audience.

Quoting data from TNS Singapore and AGB NMR Malaysia, the channel says that it was ahead of other international cable channels during the 9-10 pm time slot. It adds that the finale even outperformed all terrestrial channels in Malaysia.

Online, the AXN site recorded over 17 million page views since October 2007, more than double of what the first season had.

The finale was a close fight between the top three teams - Singaporean gym buddies Collin Low and Adrian Yap, Malaysian sisters Vanessa and Pamela Chong, as well as favourites Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez from the Philippines.

Singapore viewers were obviously rooting for the home team billed as the ?underdogs,? as Marc and Rovilson from the Philippines had been leading the pack almost throughout the entire race. Likewise, the Malaysian sisters also had a huge group of loyal supporters from Malaysia, as they were all hoping for a repeat of Malaysia team?s victory in the first season where best friends Zabrina and Joe Jer emerged champions.

The three teams travelled 51,534 km across 10 countries in 24 days, with the duo from Singapore beating nine other teams to win in the final round and walking away with a US$100,000 cash prize. The fact that history was created with Adrian being the first hearing-impaired contestant to have won the competition, Rovilson revealed, ?It couldn?t have ended better. We all love underdogs who beat the big bad team ? it?s a producer?s and fan?s dream. With their victory, it?s a victory for everybody.?

SPE Networks ? Asia GM Ricky Ow says, ?It was nail-biting from start to finish, with Adrian and Collin coming from behind to clinch the top prize. This is certainly a dream ending for any reality-competition show and the viewers in particular, as it clearly shows that anything can happen in The Amazing Race Asia.

?We are very pleased with the ratings results, and would like to thank all the viewers and sponsors who have shown tremendous support and commitment to the production and the show. We have started calling for registration for Season 3, and look forward to another amazing race.?

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