Willie Revillame shared the ratings disappointment in a feature on Revillame’s Wil Tower Mall, which was published Wednesday on the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Revillame concedes to ‘Showtime’ and ‘Eat Bulaga’
He has admitted that the viewership of his noontime program aired on TV5, fell below expectations, as the controversial host gears up for the show’s last month on air and his planned retirement.
Revillame spoke about ‘Wowowillie,’ which is aired in the same timeslot as ABS-CBN’s ‘It’s Showtime’ and TAPE’s ‘Eat Bulaga.’
Referring to the hosts of the 34-year-old program aired on GMA-7, Revillame said, no one can beat the rapport of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon.
He also said that no matter how good your show is, if the signal is not strong, people won’t watch it.
Both ‘Eat Bulaga’ and ‘It’s Showtime’ have consistently placed in the Top 20 programs nationwide, according to multinational market research group Kantar Media’ while ‘Wowowillie’ has repeatedly lagged behind its rival shows, by as much as 10 percentage points in national TV ratings.
‘Eat Bulaga’ and ‘It’s Showtime’ garnered nationwide ratings of 16.3% and 13.7%, respectively, on September 9, while ‘Wowowillie’ only registered 2.9% on the same day.
Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,609 urban and rural homes, representing 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population.
‘Wowowillie’ which has undergone numerous revamps since its 2010 debut as ‘Willing Willie’ is set to air its last episode on October 12, Revillame said.
He first announced the game show’s end in May, saying he has opted not to renew his contract with the Manny Pangilinan-owned network.
When he talked to Sen. Manuel Villar, Revillame’s business partner, his perspective changed.
His life is already about TV hosting and entertainment.
Willie thought of the future, not just for his family but he wants to share his success with the less fortunate.
All these will turn to dust and as long as he lives, he wants to do something that will make people happy.
Life is about giving and forgiving and the world does not have to see it, Revillame said.
Meanwhile, Willie has four children from four past relationships.