Encantadia is enjoying a renewed popularity during the extended community quarantine.
In fact, GMA-7 creative writer Suzette Doctolero says Encantadia has been registering higher ratings for its rerun compared to the first time it aired on TV in 2016.
Doctolero is the creator and head writer of Encantadia's 2005 and 2016 versions. The "requel" (remake + sequel) stars Kylie Padilla, Gabbi Garcia, Sanya Lopez, and Glaiza de Castro.
Both ABS-CBN and GMA-7 are airing reruns of their old shows as tapings of dramas and entertainment programs go on a break to comply with the regulations set by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
During its first run from July 2016 to May 2017, Encantadia was pitted against ABS-CBN's FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.
In Encantadia's present rerun, its ABS-CBN rival is the rerun of 2009 hit series May Bukas Pa, starring Zaijian Jaranilla.
Doctolero recalls in her April 16 Facebook post that FPJ's Ang Probinsyano used to beat Encantadia in the first few months of the GMA-7 show's run.
But in September 2017, the second part of Encantadia started keeping up with the ratings of Coco Martin's series.
She writes in her post, "Katulad nitong Encantadia, first part nito, talo ng Probisyano dati e. Yung second part lang ang nag rate talaga. Nag aaverage ng 12-13 ang ratings. Nagpapalitan ito at ang Ap sa ratings. Pukpukan talaga."
Doctolero can't help but wonder why Encantadia's rerun is generating higher ratings.
She continues, "Pero ngayong nagka covid at saka nireplay after 5 years ay doon lang nag 15 sa ratings. Ay mas nag rate now? Hahaha. Nakakabaliw talaga ang indsutriya."
ENCANTADIA RATINGS IN THE TIME OF QUARANTINE
AGB Nielsen and Kantar Media have not publicly released their ratings data while the country is under enhanced community quarantine.
According to the last ratings data provided by AGB Nielsen on Monday, March 30, 2020, Encantadia got a rating of 14.5%. Its rival program, May Bukas Pa, got15.2%.
But on March 27, 2020, Friday, Encantadia registered a rating of 15.4%, while May Bukas Pa got 15.3%.
AGB Nielsen has yet to hand out its April 2020 data.