The cast members of GMA-7's Afternoon Prime series, Prima Donnas, are happy that their show are winning in the ratings game.
Prima Donnas has been beating its rival ABS-CBN program, Kadenang Ginto, for several weeks now, according to ratings providers AGB Nielsen and Kantar Media.
Prima Donnas is about triplets who are fighting for their rights as the real heiresses of a rich family. The lead triplets of the show are played by Jillian Ward, Sofia Pablo, and Althea Ablan.
Based on AGB Nielsen data, the January 6 episode of Prima Donnas got a TV rating of 9.8% while Kadenang Ginto registered 6.6%.
Meanwhile, based on Kantar Media data, the same episode of Prima Donnas registered a TV rating of 20.9% versus Kadenang Ginto's 17.4%.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to get the reaction of Prima Donnas stars Sofia Pablo, Althea Ablan, Will Ashley, and Vince Crisostomo to their show taking the lead in their timeslot.
Sofia and Althea, who play two of the three lead stars of the show, are both inspired to do better because of the show's ratings. PEP.ph interviewed them on the set of GMA-7's new variety show, All-Out Sundays, last January 5.
Sofia said, "Siyempre po, proud po kami and honored na marami pong nanunuod sa palabas namin and lalo po kaming nai-inspire na mas galingan yung pag-acting namin para sa audience."
Althea added, "Sobrang saya po at saka worth it yung mga pagod namin, sobrang worth it, kasi napapalitan siya ng magandang kinalabasan, di ba?
"Sobrang saya, nakakatuwa, kaya mas lalo ko pang gagalingan.
Will pointed out, "Sa lahat po ng pagod, yun po yung kinalabasan po, kaya sobrang saya po namin kasi sobrang taas ng ratings, marami pong sumusubaybay. Worth it po lahat ng pagod."
Katrina Halili, Wendell Ramos, Chanda Romero, and Aiko Melendez are the veteran stars included in the cast of Prima Donnas.
NOT EXPECTING TO BEAT KADENANG GINTO
Sofia and Althea, who play the characters of Donna Lyn and Donna Belle, respectively, said that they did not expect to beat their rival program, Kadenang Ginto.
Kadenang Ginto, which started airing in October 2018 on ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold block, had been a consistent top-rater in its afternoon timeslot until Prima Donnas started taking the lead in the ratings game.
Sofia said that she had high hopes for the Kapuso show because of its veteran stars, but she is also aware of Kadenang Ginto's hype in social media.
Sofia said, "Before po, honestly, parang I had hope po na baka mag-rate kasi yung mga kasama din po namin, mga matatagal na rin po silang artista and siyempre, marami na rin po kaming nai-inspire na tao sa mga nakaraan po naming palabas.
"Pero knowing po na yung kalaban namin is sobrang hype din po sila, mapa-internet or in person, sobrang lakas nila, medyo hindi ko po in-expect, baka mahirapan kami.
"Kaya noong first time po na nanalo kami, wow nanalo na rin tayo! Congrats everyone.
"Noong medyo dumidikit na, nananalo na kami. Kunyari 6.1 kami, 6.3 sila, ay ito na yun. Tapos 9.3 na, ganon na po kataas!"
Althea, for her part, admitted that she never expected that their show would beat their rival program.
"Actually, sa akin, hindi ko talaga na-feel na matatalo namin yung kabila, kasi siyempre, magagaling na yun na artista.
"Hindi ko in-expect na matatalo namin sila, pero thank God na natalo namin sila!"
The two Prima Donnas lead stars are happy to know that people are so invested in the show that they are already complaining about the show's plot twists on social media.
Interest in the show picked up when the triplets went through a DNA test. Kendra (Aiko Melendez) staged a bomb explosion in the testing center, causing a delay in the results.
Sofia said, "Siyempre, natutuwa po kami na ganon ka-effective yung story namin na naiinis na sila sa amin.
"Pero pag nalaman naman po, sobrang worth it. And marami pa po kasing mangyayari, wala pa po sa kalahati ng plot."
In the episode aired yesterday, January 8, the DNA results were finally revealed.
Donna Lyn (Sofia) and Donna Belle (Althea) matched with their father's (Wendell) DNA, but Donna Marie (Jillian) did not.
According to Sofia, this is just the start of another plot twist that Prima Donnas viewers can look forward to.
"Ang haba na po pero wala pa yung kalahati ng plot na lalabas.
"Yun po yung alam niya: na Claveria talaga siya. Yun yung isa sa plot.
"Paano nangyari na hindi siya Claveria kung sabay sabay na hindi sila lumabas."
RELATIONSHIP WITH CO-STARS
The teen cast members of Prima Donnas are also happy with the bond they formed with the veteran stars of the show.
Vince said, "They welcomed us po with open arms. Sila po yung nagtuturo sa amin."
Sofia added, "Di po nila pinaparamdam na baguhan kami."
However, Sofia and Vince admitted that there were times when they felt intimidated by the veterans.
Will and Vince said that they are comfortable with Wendell, while Sofia is already close to Katrina and Aiko.
Because of the success of Prima Donnas, Althea decided to put up her own vlog. She has been able to register millions of views because of her dance covers.
She said with a smile, "Nakagawa po ako ng Catriona dance cover and three million views siya, pati yung 'Tala,' one million mahigit na."
Until when will Prima Donnas air on TV?
Althea exclaimed, "Siguro hanggang next year pa! Hahaha! I-claim na natin!"