MANILA – The “Rated K” episode featuring the transformation of internet sensation Marlou Arizala into Xander Ford proved to be a big winner not just on social media but also on TV.
On Sunday, the episode became a trending topic on Twitter in the Philippines and all over the world. It also defeated its rival program on GMA-7 in the ratings game on television.
According to data from Kantar Media, “Rated K” scored a national TV rating of 26.4% versus “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho,” which had a rating of 18.2%.
For weeks, Ford teased fans with his new look but it was only on Sunday that he revealed his new look.
Aside from having his nose and chin altered, Ford also had his teeth, eyebrows and lips fixed.
"Natupad na po 'yung pangarap ko," he said.
Meanwhile, aside from “Rated K,” other ABS-CBN shows ruled the weekend programming.
“Little Big Shots” scored national TV ratings of 34.3% last Saturday (September 30) and 32.7% last Sunday (October 1).
Andrea Brillantes and Grae Fernandez’s first starring series “Wansapanataym Presents: Louie’s Biton,” on the other hand, debuted strongly with 32.1%, compared to “Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko” (17.4%).
The touching story in "Maalaala Mo Kaya" starring Jessy Mendiola recorded 31.6% versus “Magpakailanman” (19%).
“I Can See Your Voice" also ruled its timeslot last Saturday (September 30) with 19.6%, while “Celebrity Bluff” only got 9.6%.