"Hindi talaga namin in-expect na mangyayari yon, pero binigay sa amin," beams comedian Boobay, referring to the high ratings of The Boobay and Tekla Show. Also known as TBATS, this GMA-7 late-night comedy talk show is hosted by Boobay together with Super Tekla.
"So, ibig sabihin no'n, mas may responsibility kami na lalo pang palaguin,” continues Boobay.
Based on the market research firm AGB Nielsen, TBATS has been consistently beating its rival show in ABS-CBN, Gandang Gabi Vice (GGV), which is hosted by Vice Ganda.
“Sobrang overwhelming yung pakiramdam na gano'n yung pagtanggap ng mga Kapuso natin, kasi hindi namin in-expect na gano'n agad-agad na parang nag-boom agad-agad yung program…”
TBATS premiered on January 27, 2019, while GGV is already on its ninth year this 2019
Based on AGB Nielsen, TBATS registered a TV rating of 6.7 % versus GGV’s 4% last Sunday, March 3.
On February 24, TBATS had 7% while GGV had 4.7%.
Meanwhile on February 17, TBATS posted 6.1% versus GGV's 4.4%.
Super Tekla explains that they never expected their fledging show to defeat its rival, which can be considered a behemoth.
“Ang GMA nakahanap ng breakthrough medicine kasi ang daming tinry.
“Hindi naman sa nagbubuhat ng sariling bangko, pero andaming tinry, andaming sumubok na tapatan yung show na ‘yan, but hindi sila nag-succeed,” says Super Tekla, referring to GGV.
“Pero kami, hindi naman namin aim na talunin or may kumpetisyon, basta nag-work lang kami. Kumbaga baliwan lang.
“Hindi namin akalain na, yun pala, talagang hahampas.
“And, in fairness, nakakatuwa naman hindi naman tayo binibitawan ng mga Kapuso natin for… magsi-six weeks na numero uno ang TBATS at nakapagtala ng remarkable ratings on a late-night show,” explains Super Tekla in an interview with a few members of the media at the Kapuso Panagbenga Festival event in Baguio City, last March 2, Saturday.
Boobay ang Super Tekla maintain that they still feel jitters when they are compared to Vice Ganda’s show.
“Sino ba naman kami?” quips Super Tekla.
He describes himself and Boobay as “pipitsuging komedyante” compared to Vice Ganda who has been dubbed as the "Phenomenal Star."
“Kumbaga, pader yung babanggain namin.
“Kaso dati kaming construction worker, so, hahaha! Hindi kami nahirapang tiltigin yung pader. Hahaha!” jokes Super Tekla.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asks the two comedians to identify their show’s strengths.
“Siguro kaya ganon ang pagtanggap, kasi naging iba talaga. Sobrang iba siya sa kabila,” explains Boobay.
“Hindi siya usual na napapanood nila. Kumbaga, iba talaga sa program namin.
“Kasama yung Kapuso natin, mga manonood, sinasamahan namin sila, pinupuntahan namin sila, bukod sa meron kaming studio audience, mayroon kaming labas.”
Super Tekla adds that as hosts, they try to have more frequent personal interactions with audience members.
“Hindi kami yung mayroong gap na ikaw host ka, parang malayo [sa audience]. Parang kami, andon kami mismo sa manonood, kumbaga kasama sila sa show.”
“Kaya relatable lagi yung mga segments namin…” Boobay adds.
“Kumbaga, at home tayo sa show na ito.
“Yun lang yung formula ng show na 'yan. Kaya kinakagat talaga siya ng masa. Masa talaga siya, as in…” continues Super Tekla.
Meanwhile, based on another media research firm, Kantar Media, GGV posts higher ratings than TBATS.
GGV rated 10.7% while TBATS had a lower rating of 7.7% on March 3; GGV had 9.7% versus TBATS’s 9.1% on February 24; and February 17, GGV had 10% while TBATS posted 7%.