The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 Debut Sizzles as the Best Performing English OP Premiere of 2016 Tops the premiere ratings for Asia’s Got Talent in Singapore and Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR, 18 October 2016 – AXN has delivered yet another stunning original production (OP) with the adrenaline-fueled The Amazing Race Asia Season 5. The highly anticipated series raced to the top during its premiere amongst all English general entertainment channels on Thursday, October 13 at 9pm, becoming the best performing English OP to premiere in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines this year[1].

“AXN responded to a huge demand for the return of The Amazing Race Asia and we have delivered a series that has captivated audiences across the region. The journey our intrepid racers embark on is a rollercoaster of emotion: it’s stressful, dramatic, endearing and funny,” said Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia. “We have a wonderful line-up of racers whose quirky personalities, diverse relationships and comedic antics make for a fantastic viewer experience. We are very encouraged by the initial performance and know that it will gather even more momentum as the series builds.”

The debut of The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 also beat the premiere episode of AXN’s award-winning Asia’s Got Talent (March 2015) in Singapore and Malaysia achieving a 26 per cent and 33 per cent increase in ratings respectively. This marks an accolade not topped by any other channel’s OP series until now.

“Asia’s Got Talent was a record-breaking OP for the broadcast industry last year so we are thrilled that AXN has out-performed itself yet again with the premiere of The Amazing Race Asia Season 5. AXN is truly Asia’s home of powerful, premium original productions,” said Virginia.

In Singapore, which is represented by the bubbly siblings Rei & Keiji, and popular DJs JK and Mike, AXN scooped a 38 per cent share of the English general entertainment genre, making AXN the top channel during the premiere episode’s timeslot.

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Viewers in Malaysia could not get enough of their dynamic local teams: best friends Brandon Ho & Alphaeus Tan, beauty queens Lee Yvonne & Chloe Chen and muscle brothers Will & Alex Chee; as AXN zoomed ahead with a 44 per cent share amongst the 11 English general entertainment channels to become the number four channel on Astro in its timeslot; only behind the vernacular content channels.

Filipino viewers also embraced their national teams: married couple Eric & Rona and beauty queens Maggie & Parul, ensuring AXN clinched the number one spot in the series’ timeslot amongst 22 English general entertainment channels.

The Amazing Race Asia airs every Thursday at 9:00pm (8pm JKT/BKK) first and exclusively on AXN. The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 is supported by presenting sponsor Wonderful Indonesia, and partners Garuda Indonesia, Grab and Great Eastern.

The Amazing Race Asia season 5 airs every Thursday on AXN at 9pm on AXN (Astro Ch701) and AXN HD (Astro B.yond Ch721). For an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Race, check out www.AXN-Asia.com/TARA for all the latest news on The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 or join the conversation on Facebook at TheAmazingRaceAsia / #AXNTARA. To gain access to the latest news, hosts and team profiles, gallery and videos of The Amazing Race Asia Season 5, visit www.axn-asia.com/tara5_press (Access Code: RACEISON).

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Join the action and connect with celebrity show host Allan Wu and the 22 racers via:

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Team Relationship Country Social Media Handle
Rach and Vicky Travel Hosts Indonesia #TARAVickRach
Treasuri and Louisa Childhood Friends Indonesia #TARATrezLou
Chloe and Yvonne Beauty Queens Malaysia #TARAChloeYvonne
Alex and Will Brothers Malaysia #TARAAlexWill
Brandon and Alphaeus Old School Mates Malaysia #TARABrandonAlph
Eric and Rona Married Philippines #TARAEricRona
Parul and Maggie Beauty Queens Philippines #TARAMagParul
JK and Mike Radio DJs Singapore #TARAJKMike
Rei and Keiji Siblings Singapore #TARAReiKeiji
Tom and Anita Dating Thailand #TARATomAnita
Lisa and Nicole Life Partners Vietnam #TARANicLisa

About The Amazing Race Asia Season 5

In this latest season, 11 teams of socially savvy, fearless racers from all over Asia will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, traversing the globe and proving their mettle on a quest to be crowned the all-out champion.

Travelling to multiple countries in the shortest amount of time, each team will arrive at a new destination where they must compete in a series of physical and mental – and often emotional – challenges. Only when the tasks are completed will the teams learn of their next exotic location. Teams who fall the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the race progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning The Amazing Race Asia and the USD$100,000 cash prize.

The 11 chosen teams hail from six countries across Asia and represent a true cast of characters with diverse personalities, backgrounds, talents and relationships. They range from popular Singaporean DJs to Filipino beauty queens and promise viewers a highly entertaining and edge-of-your-seat journey.

The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 is produced in collaboration with award-winning international production company, Profiles Television and globally renowned series creators Bertram Van Munster and Elise Doganieri.

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