First of all, American Idol is very popular in Philippines. Just look the trends and charts (i used google trends) below show most American Idol keywords hits come from Philipines, followed by United States and singapore. And if you look Malaysia, google counted and ranked Malaysia in top 5. That means, American Idol is very popular in Malaysia. In fact, third in Asia and fifth around the globe.
Malaysia Ranked number 5
Google trends shows the popularity of American Idol in years.