Third season of Peru’s series “Al Fondo Hay Sitio” debuts to sky-high ratings


The cast of the show. (Photo: El Comercio)

The first episode of the third season of “Al Fondo Hay Sitio” (“There’s Room in the Back”), the popular Peruvian television series created by Efraín Aguilar and shown on the América Televisión network, received very high ratings yesterday, averaging 43-45 points throughout the hour-long program.

TV ratings in Peru, measured by the IBOPE TIME company, are simple percentage points that measure the total audience for a program or block of time: if there are approximately seven million people in the Lima metropolitan area with access to a television in good condition, then one rating point is equal to 70,000 viewers. In terms of number of homes, if there are 1.6 million homes with television sets, one rating point is equal to about 16,000 homes, according to the IBOPE TIME Web site. So essentially, well over 40 percent of Lima residents with a T.V. set were watching “Al Fondo Hay Sitio” last night.

Producer Aguilar was humble about the results, but didn’t hide his satisfaction.

“I can’t deny that I’m happy. We were expecting 30 points, but we got up to 41, 43, 45, which far surpasses the second season. It’s a very interesting result, and one that motivates us to keep going,” he told El Comercio.

“Al Fondo Hay Sitio” centers around the problems of two families who are economic and social opposites. The premiere of the second season in 2010 reached a rating of 35.2.