MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) -- The top-rating primetime series "Walang Hanggan" is still the "undisputed number one" soap opera in the country as it continues to top its own record ratings.
|Gomez and Zulueta play Emily and Marco in "Walang Hanggan"
"Walang Hanggan" continued its winning streak as part of ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block, posting its highest rating of 42.5% on Wednesday (June 20), according to network sources.
Actress Melissa Ricks, who stars as Johanna on the show, said she is grateful for the continued support of television viewers across the country for the show.
"Hanggang ngayon undisputed number one pa rin kami. Hindi lang number one; it keeps getting higher and higher kaya maraming, maraming salamat sa suporta, sana tuluy-tuloy po," she told ABS-CBN News on Thursday.
"Sabi ni Kuya Goma (Richard Gomez) 'pag umabot ng 41 magpapa-cater siya, at nagpa-cater sila," she added.
Last Friday, June 15, the Coco Martin-starrer breached the 40% mark with a rating of 41.4% during its timeslot, according to the official TV ratings data of Kantar Media/TNS among national households.
Amid the "Walang Hanggan" mania, ABS-CBN Corp. chairman and CEO Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III confirmed during the company's stockholders' meeting on Thursday that the show has been "extended."
Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, the wife of "Walang Hanggan" star Gomez, had said early this month that a sequel to the top-rating series is in the works.
“They’re going to have a book two, I hear. And it’s just nice how the people have embraced the whole cast and how they’ve welcomed ‘Walang Hanggan’ as part of their nightly viewing habit,” she said at the time.
Although she is part of the cast, Ricks clarified that she and the other cast members are not privy to the twists and turns of the series' plot.
"Actually kami rin hindi namin alam kung ano ang mangyayari. Per taping, doon namin malalaman kung ano 'yung kukunan naming scenes. Pati kami nasu-surprise sa mga nangyayari," she said.
But certainly a new twist to the show has recently been officially announced with actress Eula Valdez set to join the cast.
According to Ricks, Valdez will play the ominous "Black Lily," who is "back for a vengeance."
"Excited na medyo natatakot din," Ricks said of Valdez's character. "Kasi she's back for a vengeance, at kung anong gagawin niya [hindi namin alam]. Kaya kahit sa amin -- we're viewers also -- excited kami doon sa kwento."
Airing weeknights after "Princess and I," "Walang Hanggan" also stars Julia Montes, Dawn Zulueta, Paulo Avelino, Helen Gamboa and Susan Roces.
It is directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng, Trina Dayrit and Jojo Saguin.