As expected, the first episode of the noontime show of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, and former Eat Bulaga hosts on TV5 has been considered successful on social media.
As of writing, the live stream of TVJ’s noontime show has already reached 200,000 live views compared to its competitors Eat Bulaga with ‘1,200 live viewers’, and ‘It’s Showtime’ with 72,000 live viewers are both being aired on GMA Network.
Hundreds of people were also waiting outside the TV5 studio to join the Dabarkads.
TV5 also held live viewing in several places in the Philippines.
#LegitDabarkads is also trending on Twitter and also the hashtag of its competitor, #GnaGsaShowtime.
Meanwhile, Jalosjos-owned Eat Bulaga seems nowhere to be found on the trending list.
It can be recalled that TVJ left Eat Bulaga together with all of its hosts and most of its staff on May 31, 2023, after facing several issues with their former production company TAPE Inc.
People were now waiting for what show would win the rating game on television between TVJ, Eat Bulaga, and It’s Showtime.
However, observers said that TVJ must not be confident as their competitor network has a wider television reach than TV5, so they still must plan for the long run.