The highly-anticipated requel of GMA-7's epic telefantasya Encantadia is now back on the Kapuso network's primetime block.
The pilot episode was aired last night, July 18, at 7:45 p.m. after the Kapuso Network's primetime newscast 24 Oras. The 2016 version of Encantadia replaced the comedy drama Poor Senorita starring Regine Velasquez.
It was pitted against ABS-CBN's Ang Probinsyano topbilled by Coco Martin.
ANG PROBINSYANO. The tension-filled episode started by showing the tragic past of former Police Insp. Hector Mercurio (Cesar Montano).
In a flashback scene, it was shown that the wife of Hector got shot in the crossfire between the police and the rebels. Hector blamed his fellow officers for preventing him from joining the mission that got his wife killed. As a result, he gave up his badge.
"Kaya siya ngayon naging hitman," said Cardo (Coco Martin) as he warned his fellow police officers about the dangerous Hector.
Towards the end of the episode dubbed #FPJAPUltimatum, Cardo's grandfather Delfin (Jaime Fabregas) was shot by hitman during his surprise birthday celebration.
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Encantadia 2016 is directed by Mark Reyes with an ensemble cast composed of Kylie Padilla as Amihan, Gabbi Garcia as Alena, Sanya Lopez as Danaya, and Glaiza de Castro as Pirena.
The four Sang'gres were not seen yet on the pilot episode but viewers had the chance to see Marian Rivera as Ynang Reyna Mine-a, Dingdong Dantes as Raquim, Rocco Nacino as Aquil, John Arcilla as Hagorn, Solenn Heussaff as Cassiopeia, among many others.
The first episode revealed the history of Encantadia and how Cassiopeia divided the "Inang Brilyante" into four elemental gems of fire, wind, water, and earth. The opening episode also introduced two new characters: Adhara, played by Sunshine Dizon who will have a critical part on the development of the series' new version; and Amihan, played by Max Collins.
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AGB RATINGS. How did the pilot episode of Encantadia 2016 fare in Urban Luzon according to data gathered by AGB Nielsen?
Encantadia had the same timeslot as ABS-CBN's action-drama FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, which stars Coco Martin, Maja Salvador, Susan Roces, Bela Padilla, Arjo Atayde, and Jaime Fabregas, among many others.
The requel of the hit Kapuso series was able to beat its rival program from the Kapamilya network.
Encantadia's pilot episode garnered 26.1% against the Coco Martin-starrer which scored 24.2% in Urban Luzon.
It will be recalled that the pilot episode of original version of Encantadia scored much higher ratings back in 2005. In an article published by StarCentral.com, Encantadia scored 45.9% (based on AGB Nielsen) for its pilot episode which aired in May 2, 2005.
KANTAR RATINGS. Nationwide ratings based on data gathered by Kantar Media-TNS, however, tell a different story.
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano remains to be the primetime series to beat after garnering 42.4% nationwide. Based on Kantar, Encantadia 2016 trails behind with its national rating of 21%.
Kantar also provided a breakdown of nationwide ratings in rural areas and Metro Manila. FPJ's Ang Probinsyano scored 45.2% in rural areas while the pilot of Encantadia registered 18.8%.
The Kapamilya show also scored higher in Metro Manila according to Kantar. The TV remake of Fernando Poe Jr.'s classic film garnered 38.4% in Metro Manila while the Kapuso telefantasya recorded 24.1%.