There are many local networks on Philippine television but only two giants stand out – GMA Network and ABS-CBN. In fact, if you ask most Filipinos, they probably only watch one of the big two. It’s either Channel 2 or Channel 7.
An intense rivalry between the two networks has been going on for decades, especially when it comes to teleseryes and their variety shows. Two variety shows that have always stood out are Eat Bulaga and It’s Showtime.
Although ABS-CBN has reformatted their noontime variety show numerous times, it has always held the same type of content so to speak. It has taken many different forms from Magandang Tanghali Bayan to Wowowee to the most recent It’s Showtime.
Philippine Entertainment Portal reported that on Kantar’s nationwide research on television ratings for January 16-22, 2017, It’s Showtime garnered higher ratings than Eat Bulaga.
It’s Showtime has consistently topped the list of the most-watched daytime programs in households. On the other hand, Eat Bulaga only landed in the Top 5 on January 21, Saturday.
Eat Bulaga currently airs from 12 noon to 2:30 in the afternoon, while ‘It’s Showtime’ airs from 12 noon until a bit past 3 in the afternoon.
A trending news site claimed that ABS-CBN’s variety show has indeed beaten its rival, Eat Bulaga.
According to an opinion piece written by Kami.com: “A fact is that ABS-CBN is a much bigger network than GMA. They can renovate stage setting with flourish.”
“Showtime’s stage made of clear glasslike material brings a nice feel in the studio. Spotlights above the stage are making beautiful illusions as contestants do their jaw dropping talents.”
It continued, “In contrast to Showtime’s stage, the floors of Eat Bulaga is a stark white color. It makes the stage look big but it is too plain for an interior designer’s taste.”
“White is not hard to mix with other colors. They really have to find a good interior designer and a team to up their scales in this category.”
They also stated that, in terms of hosts (as both are host-oriented shows), “A group hug happens in It’s Showtime’s stage as every host is present to work. The number of hosts [exceeded] the number of fingers and toes that a child has.”
“Clearly, uncountable amount of artists participate in this show. Sometimes, only a few are able to work making the show a bit dull. Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, and Vhong Navarro are just some of the artists that give life to the show.”
“Eat Bulaga! is the longest running noon-time variety show. A lot of artists have come and go. Currently, the veterans of GMA are present namely Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon.”
“18 co-hosts composing a variety of artists. Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards at the top of the list because of their ratings in the segment “Kalyeserye.”
SOURCE ► TNP
SOURCE ► TNP
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