MANILA - Robin Padilla's "Game ng Bayan" is set to air its final episode on Friday, just a little over a month since its debut last March 7.
On Wednesday, ABS-CBN Corporate Communications Head Kane Ochoa released a statement announcing the end of the show's "limited run."
"We thank the hosts Robin Padilla, Alex Gonzaga, MJ Lastimosa, Eric Nicolas, and Negi, the whole production staff and crew, the various barangays that participated in the game, and most importantly, the viewers for their support to the program," Ochoa wrote.
"During its limited run, 'Game ng Bayan' brought fun and entertainment to Kapamilyas around the world and enabled residents in participating barangays to provide the resources they need in their communities by working together in time-bound challenges in the show."
"ABS-CBN, however, will continue to develop programs that will not only give viewers an enjoyable viewing experience but will also bring joy and cheers to barangays across the country."
"In the meantime, Robin Padilla will focus on 'Pilipinas Got Talent,' which has started its semi-final rounds. Alex, MJ, Eric, and Negi, meanwhile, will also attend to other projects," the statement concluded.
In recent days, "Game ng Bayan" has been lagging just behind its timeslot rival "Wowowin" in terms of nationwide ratings, according to data from Kantar Media. On Monday, it scored 10.2 percent compared to the Willie Revillame-led show's 12.7 percent.
In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer's Bandera, Padilla downplayed the rivalry between the two programs, saying his goal has always been to help his fellow Filipinos rather than compete for ratings.
"Tandaan mo instant money 'yun. 'Yung mga ganoon dapat sinusuportahan nating lahat. Sabi ko nga kay Ka Willie, ako nandito ako dahil sa tao lang," he was quoted in saying.
The conclusion of "Game ng Bayan" will pave the way for ABS-CBN's newest superhero series "My Super D," which will air before "TV Patrol" starting Monday. Melai Cantiveros and Pokwang's "We Will Survive" is expected to move to an earlier timeslot.