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‘Rhodora X’ Exits With a Whimper

Throughout its four-month run, ‘Rhodora X’ has been consistently upstaged by ‘The Legal Wife’ despite boasting an interesting storyline that focuses on the mental disorder called ‘Dissociative Identity Disorder’.

GMA’s suspense-filled drama series ‘Rhodora X’ will bid goodbye this Friday, to be replaced by ‘Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real’. And despite an original and enticing storyline that focuses on the mental disorder called ‘Dissociative Identity Disorder’, the ratings of the said program were not as well-received as they intended to.

‘Rhodora X’, along with the recently-concluded series ‘Carmela’, debuted strongly last January 27. But from the beginning, it was clear that ABS-CBN’s teleseryes were still the most-watched in the country. In only its first week, ‘Rhodora X’ had a 15.8% Metro Manila rating, and an 11% national rating according to AGB Nielsen. Meanwhile its competing program and fellow debutante ‘The Legal Wife’ got a 23.9% and a 21 %. The TNS Kantar figures were also won by ‘The Legal Wife’, who bested ‘Rhodora X’ 21% to 11%.

‘The Legal Wife”s promising start would set the tone for the rest of ‘Rhodora X”s run. In fact, ‘The Legal Wife’ got even more attention on Twitter thanks in part to the memorable lines, serious physical confrontations, and over-the-top sexual encounters between the characters of Angel Locsin, Maja Salvador and Jericho Rosales. Meanwhile, the first few episodes of ‘Rhodora X’ trended on Twitter, before disappearing altogether just as the split personalities of Jennylyn Mercado’s character began to materialize.

To be honest, ‘Rhodora X’ was a good series. It may not have been a ratings winner throughout its run, but it did raise awareness on ‘DID’ in a more dramatic manner. The series also showcased the versatility of Jennylyn Mercado as both a good girl and a bad girl, the latter of which I hoped to see in future teleseryes involving the former ‘Starstruck’ alumnus. And the portrayal of Yasmien Kurdi as the estranged sister of Jennylyn’s character shows that her acting prowess remains top-notch, and a huge follow-up to her comeback in ‘Anna Karenina’.

With ‘Rhodora X’ about to leave the airwaves, the pressure is now on ‘Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real’. The series, starring Dingdong Dantes, Lovi Poe and Maricel Soriano, is essentially a version two of ‘The Legal Wife’, except that Dingdong’s character is a man marrying two women. ‘Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real’, which begins on June 2, will be ‘The Diamond Star”s true comeback project, after appearing in the ‘Eat Bulaga’ Lenten special ‘Kulungan Kanlungan’.

But for now, ‘Rhodora X’ is saying goodbye. Not with a bang, but with a whimper.

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6 thoughts on “‘Rhodora X’ Exits With a Whimper

  1. GMA’s weekday primetime programming is indeed thinking out of the box in teleserye making. They are good in defying the typical norms of telenovela parameters of genre and plot development.

    However, ganito nga, ganito ang tadhana ng Siete: kulang sa atensyon sa social media, low audience return, you name it. Ikaw na, DOS, ikaw na!

    Pity the cast behind the show.

  2. James Ty III says:

    And GMA is airing more Tagalized movies this Sunday to replace Startalk. Kap’s Amazing Stories will be moved to 10:45 am beginning June 1, followed by the MLFTS marathon at 11:15 am, Sunday All-Stars at 1 pm, True Horror Stories at 3, GMA Blockbusters at 4:30 and 24 Oras at 6:30.

    Pepito Manaloto will be at 7 pm, KMJS at 8, Imbestigador at 10 and SNBO at 11.

  3. James Ty III says:

    The Japanese series TALES OF HORROR will replace Startalk on GMA’s Sunday afternoon time slot starting June 1.

    SNBO will have THE RUNDOWN starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

    • I said NO UNRELATED POSTS. Don’t you understand? This has nothing to do with Rhodora X ending because of bad ratings.

      And besides, I haven’t written about GMA’s weekend programming yet.

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