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The Story of Us Down to Final Week

The story of Macoy and Tin comes to an end this week.

On Friday, June 17, ‘The Story of Us’ will air its final episode. Throughout its 78-episode run, viewers witnessed the on and off love story of Macoy (Xian Lim) and Tin (Kim Chiu), whose trials and tribulations from childhood friends to estranged lovers took them to El Nido and all the way to America.

When it premiered on Monday, February 29 as a replacement to the top-rating series ‘On the Wings of Love’, not much was expected for ‘The Story of Us’. Still, it didn’t stop them from averaging nearly 19% in the national ratings, which is close to 6% better than that of either GMA’s ‘Because of You’ and ‘Juan Happy Love Story’.

While ratings for ‘The Story of Us’ were decently impressive, the fact that it ran so short became a surprise to many. Considering the fact that some of ABS-CBN’s more recent hit teleseryes were able to exceed the 100-episode mark, it was unexpected to see ‘The Story of Us’ run for only 78 episodes.

But ABS-CBN has its own reasons for ending the series so soon. Kim Chiu had been assigned to host season 3 of ‘The Voice Kids’, and juggling between the two shows could slow her down.

The KimXi tandem will also have a new movie coming up, and Xian Lim will prepare for an upcoming concert. To top it all off, ABS-CBN only gave ‘The Story of Us’ a 16-week threshold, hence the short run.

As ‘The Story of Us’ marks its conclusion, expect the love team of Kim Chiu and Xian Lim to do their absolute best. The series has been impressive so far, and it’s up to the viewers to finish off another successful run for the KimXi duo.

Can Macoy and Tin’s on and off relationship take them to a place where it all began? Find out on the final week of ‘The Story of Us’, which airs after ‘Dolce Amore’ on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida.

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So Long, Because of You

‘Because of You’ is calling it a series.

Tonight is the final episode for the mostly feel-good GMA drama series. First aired November 30, 2015, ‘Because of You’ ran for a total of 117 episodes, and became one of GMA’s longer-running teleseryes in recent memory.

Despite its uncharacteristically long run, ‘Because of You’ did not exactly enjoy tremendous success in the ratings. From day one, the series was matched up against ABS-CBN’s ‘On the Wings of Love’, and as it turned out, the ever-popular JaDine (James Reid and Nadine Lustre) was too much for both Carla Abellana and Gabby Concepcion to handle.

The low point came February 26 when ‘Because of You’ earned a paltry 13.2%, while ‘On the Wings of Love” got an impressive 27.8% rating on its final night. The losses continued from there.

Even when JaDine gave way to KimXi (Kim Chiu and Xian Lim) and ‘The Story of Us’, the script stayed the same. Although ‘The Story of Us’ was not much of a hit as its predecessor, they still outperformed ‘Because of You’, but only by a few points.

As its ratings became too hard to bear, GMA decided that enough is enough. Like ‘That’s My Amboy’, GMA quietly distanced themselves from promoting ‘Because of You’ at the beginning of April, and in its place came ten-second advisories which proved to be the last straw for the series.

Overall, ‘Because of You’ was a good series that suffered from better competition and, in its final weeks, lack of promotion. It’s a shame that a series as promising as ‘Because of You’ would go down meekly, and GMA’s decision to not actively promote the teleserye became all the more poetic as its struggles escalate.

Now that ‘Because of You’ is about to air its finale, the priority at this point is to finish strong. GMA may have limited its promotion towards the end, but for the cast, producers and fans, it’s all about concluding the series on a positive note, and even in defeat, they should be proud.

‘Because of You’ will be replaced by ‘Juan Happy Love Story’ on GMA Telebabad. Stay tuned to From the Tube for more information.


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KimXi Tandem Returns in The Story of Us

The love team of Kim Chiu and Xian Lim are back on the small screen.

Nearly two years after their previous series ‘Ina, Kapatid, Anak’ (with a few box-office hit movies in between), the duo returns to television via the upcoming ABS-CBN drama ‘The Story of Us’. The series debuts tonight as a replacement to the just-concluded hit series ‘On the Wings of Love’.

Kim and Xian play the roles of Tin and Macoy respectively. They were childhood friends turned lovers growing up in El Nido, Palawan with hopes of a better life for themselves and their family.

Their relationship took a huge turn when Tin decided to meet her estranged mother in the United States. Living separately from one another, their relationship grew sour, until five years later, Macoy met Tin in New York in hopes of starting over as a couple.

Still, it will not be easy for them to resume their relationship after a long time apart. It is up to them to find a second chance in love and survive amid these changes in their individual lives.

‘The Story of Us’ will also star Aiko Melendez, Gardo Versoza, Susan Africa, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Bryan Santos, Mara Lopez, Alyanna Angeles (as the young Tin), and Zaijan Jaranilla (as the young Macoy). Richard Somes will be the director of the series.

Following the footsteps of the ever-successful ‘On the Wings of Love’ will not be easy for ‘The Story of Us’. But then again, based on the KimXi tandem’s previous teleserye success, they should do just fine on this newest series.

That said, expect ‘The Story of Us’ to make a quick impression early on. And that should also cause concern to its upcoming rival in GMA’s ‘Because of You’, who failed to make an impact against ‘On the Wings of Love’ for a majority of its run.

‘The Story of Us’ airs weeknights after ‘Dolce Amore’ on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida.