Angel Locsin, Maja Salvador's acting in 'The Legal Wife' effective

Effective - that best describes Angel Locsin and Maja Salvador's acting on ABS-CBN's family drama television series "The Legal Wife."

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The observation is based on the reaction of spouses who watch the melodramatic teleserye nightly on Primetime Bida, which ranks as among the top 20 television programs nationwide.

"My sympathy is on Monica, I feel the pain in her heart. Having an unfaithful husband is not easy," said Gemma, a 32-year-old public school teacher who pauses working on her lesson plan just to watch the series.

She was referring to Angel's character Monica Santiago-de Villa, who met and fell in love with Adrian, played by actor Jericho Rosales, the man who taught her how to love and the same man who's breaking her heart.

"My partner in life, a soldier, used to cheat on me whenever he has an assignment in Mindanao. I always hide my emotions so that our children will not know what their father is doing," shared Gemma's co-teacher, Mercy. The 35-year-old mother of three said her sacrifices in order to keep the family intact were "unimaginable."

It is common knowledge that some personnel from the armed forces and police engage in extra-marital affair specially if they are assigned in a distant place, far from their family.

While there's empathic concern for Angel and the perception of spouses toward her character, the protagonist, is obviously favorable, there's a violent reaction whenever one mentions the antagonist, Nicole Esquivel (Maja).

Twitter user Milet, whose profile indicates that she's a call center agent, posted: "I hate Nicole so much for seducing Adrian, causing the guy to commit infidelity."

"Maja? Majarot!" was 23-year-old Janet's status message on Facebook. "I want to throw the flower vase on her face! I don't like her character now, I don't even like her in person!" she added in Filipino, not minding a friend's comment: "Come on! It's just a TV show LOL."

The feedback from the audience signifies the effectiveness of Angel and Maja's acting. The series is highly-anticipated and it continues to dominate the timeslot.

According to the comparative TV ratings data for April 1 released by market research firm Kantar Media, "The Legal Wife" garnered a 20.2 percent audience share as against the 15.0% obtained by its rival program "Rhodora X."

On April 2, "The Legal Wife" had 18.4% while "Rhodora X" got 13.8% and then on the following night, the ABS-CBN series garnered a rating of 21.8% versus GMA-7's offering at 15.5%.