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Ika-6 na Utos Reaches the One-Year Mark

‘Ika-6 na Utos’ is now a year old.

The top-rating GMA afternoon teleserye will officially celebrate its first anniversary on television today. In doing so, ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ will join the likes of ‘May Bukas Pa’, ‘Be Careful with My Heart’, ‘The Half-Sisters’, ‘Ang Probinsyano’ and ‘Doble Kara’ as the only teleseryes this decade to air for more than a year.

First premiered on December 5, 2016, ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ came in to GMA Afternoon Prime as a replacement for ‘Oh My Mama’. At the time of its debut, ABS-CBN’s ‘Doble Kara’ was still the highest-rated afternoon drama, and like all GMA teleseryes back then, ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ struggled to find its footing.

But once ‘Doble Kara’ ended its year-long run in February 2017, ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ began to make some headway. By March, the series assumed its current perch as the highest-rated afternoon drama in the country.

‘Ika-6 na Utos’ became so popular that GMA even added a Saturday episode beginning April 1. Although there were some concerns regarding GMA’s decision, namely possible burnout among viewers, ‘Ika-6 na Utos” performance remained top-notch averaging around 16-18% in the ratings.

The popularity of ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ also improved the standing of succeeding GMA dramas. By August, thanks in large part to ‘Ika-6 na Utos’, GMA Afternoon Prime constantly outperformed ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold in the ratings.

As of December 5, 2017, ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ will have aired 295 episodes in all. The series is expected to reach 300 episodes by next week.

So what made ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ so popular? Perhaps these scenes may explain why.

No wonder the campy nature of the series endeared with the viewers. Still, ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ remained mostly serious and straightforward, but with some elements of humor in every encounter involving Emma (Sunshine Dizon) and Georgia (Ryza Cenon), there is no doubt why this series has earned many fans in its year-long run.

Now a part of teleserye immortality, ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ will now look forward to even bigger things come 2018. The question is, can they keep the momentum up?

Starring Sunshine Dizon, Ryza Cenon and Gabby Concepcion, ‘Ika-6 na Utos’ airs after ‘Eat Bulaga’ on GMA Afternoon Prime.


7 thoughts on “Ika-6 na Utos Reaches the One-Year Mark

  1. KHIT says:

    I started to like this teleserye in March. I liked it more when they extended their run from Mon-Sat. But the story flow became worse. Why does GMA keeps on extending this stress-causing show? Palagi nalang goal nila is to have a teleserye that will run more than a year kapag mataas ang rating pero hindi naman consistent. Hindi nila alam na naiinis na ang mga viewers. Anyways congratulations IANU for giving us:

    “Better watch Wildflower” Yeah i should!!

    • They haven’t learned their lesson when The Half-Sisters’ ratings started to fail upon reaching the one-year mark. Still, as long as the series is rating well, no matter how they push the creative team to its limits, there’s nothing we can do about it. We’ll have to wait until ABS’ teleseryes overtake IANU by a mile and then we can talk about why it failed.

    • Problema na iyon ng GMA. Their more recent early Saturday afternoon shows flopped kaya nag-last resort na sila with IANU. Tingnan na lang natin kung anong magiging desisyon nila in the event na matapos na itong naturang teleserye.

  2. Marca says:

    The end of Doble Kara has definitely brought GMA Afternoon Prime’s resurgence.

    @Khit Yesterday’s episode has an obvious display of greenscreen in the first “out of the country” scene.

    • GMA is probably doing that to cut costs. You know how expensive an overseas trip and taping can be.

      Anyway, yes, Doble Kara ending last February followed by a decline in storyline quality doomed Kapamilya Gold. Now GMA is on a roll every afternoon thanks to some top stars willing to take their act to the afternoon slot and some campy scenes while ABS scrambles to rediscover their old spark.

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