Last night, GMA’s controversial teleserye ‘My Husband’s Lover’ faced new competition in the form of ABS-CBN’s ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’. This was due to a new teleserye on the Kapamilya network called ‘Got to Believe’ (not to be confused with the 2002 Claudine Barretto–Rico Yan starrer) making its long-awaited debut, and was slotted in the 8:30 p.m. slot formerly occupied by ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’.
‘My Husband’s Lover”s former rival teleserye ‘Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala’ finished its run last Friday after two months. Kantar ratings suggest that the latter program rated higher than the former, despite its relatively short run. The series, which starred Judy Ann Santos as a battered and bruised wife, was not as controversial as ‘My Husband’s Lover’, but nevertheless gained a respectably high audience throughout its run.
‘My Husband’s Lover’ also faced ‘Apoy sa Dagat‘ in the early weeks of its run and subsequently demolished the viewership of the latter, prompting ABS-CBN to assemble its own all-star crew for ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’. The much-anticipated face-off in the same timeslot will have to wait, however.
Meanwhile ABS-CBN’s new offering ‘Got to Believe’ made its much-anticipated debut after a delay of over a month. The new teleserye was supposed to debut in mid-July, but was postponed because of the need to film more episodes. Nevertheless, the new teleserye, which starred the tandem of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, got its much-needed hype over the next few weeks, before it finally launched last night to the delight of the viewers.
The new program bumped ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’ off its original slot, and now the former faces stiff competition with ‘My Husband’s Lover’. The latter, starring Carla Abellana, Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo, will now be pitted against younger lead stars Julia Montes, Enchong Dee and Enrique Gil. Asked whether the timeslot change fueled the competition between her and Bernardo, Montes simply refuted rumors of competition between them.
Simply put, the timeslot change will not even affect the high audience figures that ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’ attained in its current run. The Kantar ratings suggest that the program outperformed ‘Mundo Mo’y Akin’ in its previous timeslot, and even with the change, it is a given according to Kantar that ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’ will outperform the highly controversial ‘My Husband’s Lover’. On the contrary, Nielsen expects victory for ‘My Husband’s Lover’ ratings-wise.
With that, the much-anticipated all-star battle that ABS-CBN envisioned finally got underway.