During the Holy Week, viewers get to see a different side of noontime hosts when they take part in the Holy Week presentations of their respective networks.
ABS-CBN's It's Showtime and GMA-7's Eat Bulaga offered Lenten specials that set the mood during this period of reflection.
Both noontime shows chose to do away with the usual segments and instead offered dramatizations of life stories.
It's Showtime portrayed the inspiring stories of families who performed in the program’s family talent competition “Bida Kapamilya.”
Meanwhile, Eat Bulaga featured the winners of the segment "Juan For All, All For Juan."
(Read: Marian Rivera, Ryan Agoncillo, Aiza Seguerra among stars featured in 2015 Eat Bulaga Lenten Special)
How did both shows fare in the ratings game during the Holy Week?
Based on data from AGB Nielsen culled from households in Mega Manila, more people tuned in to watch the Eat Bulaga Lenten Specials.
HOLY MONDAY, MARCH 30. For Eat Bulaga's first salvo, Nova Villa and Keempee de Leon topbilled the episode Biro Ng Kapalaran that featured a May-December love affair between the two. They were joined in this episode by Paolo Ballesteros and Jimmy Santos.
This was followed by the "Lukso Ng Dugo" episode starring Aiza Seguerra, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Julia Clarete, Ricky Davao and Pia Guanio.
As for It's Showtime, Billy Crawford brought life to John Raspado, the winner of the noontime show's "I Am Pogay" segment.
Billy was paired for the first time with his real-life girlfriend Coleen Garcia.
Baron Geisler was part of this episode as Raspado's boyfriend, who has a tendency to be abusive.
The other episode featured Karylle and JM de Guzman as students who fought for their love for each other.
On this day, March 30, Eat Bulaga got a TV rating of 21.5%, double that of its counterpart program It's Showtime that registered 10.3%.
MARCH 31 (HOLY TUESDAY). Eat Bulaga mainstay Pauleen Luna was paired with Rocco Nacino for the episode titled Pangako Ng Pag-ibig.
They were joined in this episode by Anjo Yllana and Luis Alandy.
The Pinagpalang Ama episode last Tuesday featured Joey de Leon as the father of three homosexuals portrayed by Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola and Ryan Agoncillo.
It's Showtime mainstay Anne Curtis starred in Pole Empress: The Anna Marie Garbo Story. Her character was a pole dancer who suffered at the hands of her father (played by Nonie Buencamino) since he did not approve of her dancing.
Later that day, Vhong Navarro depicted the life story of Rick a.k.a Trumpo Master who won in the Pinasikat segment. Precious Lara Quigaman played the wife of Vhong's character.
On March 31, Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special once again got a higher TV rating with 23.2% while It's Showtime got a TV rating of 9.2% in Mega Manila.
APRIL 1 (HOLY WEDNESDAY). As part of the #EBLentenSpecial, Marian Rivera starred in a Holy Week offering along with Bianca Umali. In the Aruga Ng Puso episode, Marian was cast as the caregiver of a cerebral palsy patient portrayed by Bianca.
Ruby Rodriguez and Irma Adlawan were also part of this show.
This was shown back-to-back with Sukli Ng Pagmamahal, which featured Vic Sotto as a teacher.
Meanwhile, It's Showtime dedicated this day to Tinig Ng Pangarap: The Ricardo Marcial Story starring Vice Ganda.
The TV host-comedian portrayed a son who had deep-seated issues against his father who left them when he was still young.
Eat Bulaga's Lenten Special still reigned over the timeslot with its rating of 25.4% while its rival It's Showtime got a TV rating of 10%.
At press time, Kantar-TNS has not yet released data on nationwide TV ratings.
PEPsters, which Lenten offering did you watch during this Holy Week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
BATTLE OF TV RATINGS: Lenten Specials of Eat Bulaga versus It's Showtime
by posted on April 7, 2015