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Ika-6 na Utos Extends to Saturday Afternoons

GMA gets even more desperate.

Due to so-called ‘insistent public demand’, the network announced that the teleserye ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ will now air on Saturday afternoons as well. In doing so, GMA made some history by becoming the first TV network to air a new episode of a weekday teleserye on a weekend.

The upcoming Saturday episodes of ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ will replace the short-lived and poorly-rated crime and investigation series ‘Case Solved’, which only lasted six episodes from February 18 to March 25. But can this risky move work?

According to the national Kantar Media ratings, ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ trails ‘It’s Showtime’ by around 3-4% since its premiere on December 5, 2016. While the former’s ratings were on the upswing of late (they even defeated ‘It’s Showtime’ by 0.3% on March 2), they still failed to topple the latter since the popular ‘Tawag ng Tanghalan’ segment airs at the same time.

As ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ goes deep into Saturday afternoon, they face an even tougher test. The legal drama ‘Ipaglaban Mo’ made mincemeat of ‘Case Solved’ during the past month, and with the latter raking in around 20% ratings in recent episodes, chances are ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ is in for a reality check.

To make matters worse for ‘Ika-6 na Utos’, the viewers’ demands for a sixth episode every weekend could prove too much to ask for. Let’s face it, the need for variety on television is obvious here, and GMA’s desperate move to extend ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ to Saturday afternoons could easily tire out even the most demanding of viewers.

That said, GMA’s daring move to extend ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ to Saturdays may come back to haunt them. After all, everybody wants a break from watching teleseryes each and every weekend, but for GMA, all roads lead to disaster simply because of a needless opportunity to boost ratings.

Sorry GMA, but this is not going to work, regardless of what the viewers say.

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17 thoughts on “Ika-6 na Utos Extends to Saturday Afternoons

  1. Bad (early) April Fools’ Day joke, GMA.

    Really, your teleserye of lust and covetousness is going to compete with a segment of children honing their singing skills. Very wholesome, right… NOT!

    I think no one cares about this. Well, except the current Speaker of the House — who bashed Senator de Lima for having an affair and got detained — who also has a kabit (Please choke.).

  2. Vince says:

    Desperate talaga sila kasi meron na naman silang new series na kabit serye na naman. Patok talaga ang mga yan sa hapon. To be honest yung The Better Half ay kabit serye but with a twist na thriller din siya kasi madaming psychotic characters.

    • Indeed. The Kabitserye fad is just too much at this point. Perhaps changes in the viewing habits has fueled these moves na mostly hindi pang-bata, dahil may cable at digital TV sila for their preferences.

  3. Jose Tiamson says:

    I guess this show made Philippines History but in a negative way. And the only time where local networks can have a diverse schedule is the weekends and I guess GMA just broke that norm.

    • They have no choice. Ipaglaban Mo is basically unbeatable so their only option is to extend a teleserye like Ika-6 na Utos against the former. Unfortunately, it’s a foolish decision for viewers might get burned out watching 6x a week.

      • Actually 6x a week. That said, I won’t be surprised if GMA pulls Ika-6 na Utos out of Saturday afternoons, because of these physical and mental limitations of watching TV. Yung so-called ‘by popular demand’ na yan magiging karma sa kanila.

      • Is it just me or is it GMA’s another desperate move?

        Looks like their Saturday lineup will be getting more and more vulnerable than ever.

      • They just lack any further programming options at this point, hence this. Expect them to lose more of their audience as the episodes of Ika-6 na Utos wear on.

    • ramones1986 says:

      ….I think the management of EDSA cor. Timog. Ave were unconsciously emulating the programming in either Venezuela or Brazil (particulary Rede Globo), where their serials (telenovelas) always aired six times a week (Monday to Saturday), especially in primetime.

      • I’d say, this is not good for one’s health. Six times a week for a teleserye is too much to take. It could also put some stress on the production team as well as its stars because the six-a-week showing could mean more taping hours, which is not good.

  4. ramones1986 says:

    .I think the management of EDSA cor. Timog. Ave were unconsciously emulating the programming in either Venezuela or Brazil (particulary Rede Globo), where their serials (telenovelas) always aired six times a week (Monday to Saturday), especially in primetime.

    • Sa totoo lang, hindi maganda sa kalusugan ng viewers, maging ng production staff at mga aktor ang six times a week na teleserye. GMA must consider the health and well-being of the brave souls working on GMA’s teleseryes, especially Ika-6 Na Utos, and it will be put to utmost importance. I bet ABS-CBN would not experiment a six times a week teleserye whatsoever since they’re also concerned at the well-being of their stars and the production staff behind successful shows such as Ang Probinsyano. I can accept live newscasts and variety shows air six times a week, since they’re catering to a live audience.

      Even daytime dramas in the States air five times a week.

      Looks like GMA is running out of time and options, and their biggest option their have is pagmamayabang. GMA might be great in producing fantaseryes and almost lured Charo Santos-Concio out of ABS-CBN and their more traditional teleseryes, but it did hurt GMA’s long-term challenges, especially financial challenges that would haunt them in the past few years and in many years to come.

      • The damage has been done. Kaya yan, mga last resort in an attempt to resuscitate their declining performance. Kaso, that decision is at the expense of everyone’s health, so it’s still not going to help them.

      • Vince says:

        Same pa rin ba ang salary ng mga actors dahil may extra airing or same pa rin? If same pa rin lugi sila. Dapat sa contract nila siguraduhin na 5x a week lang.

      • IDK, but salary has nothing to do with this decision. Kung i-overpay nila ito ng todo ok lang. What we concern the most is the health of both the viewers and the staff involved, dahil calculated risk ang ginagawa ng GMA with Ika-6 na Utos.

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