• Claudine’s TV5 soap to be axed

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    Claudine Barretto

    Claudine Barretto

    “That’s the way it looks,” is what The Manila Times’ insider at TV5 and Viva’s co-production texted back when asked to confirm whether Claudine Barretto’s return to the small screen, Bakit Manipis ang Ulap is facing an abrupt end.

    Picking up on website LionHearTV.Net’s report, Bakit Manipis Ang Ulap was smashed by its rival, ABS-CBN’s Dolce Amore on its premiere telecast on February 1, and from then on, the show continued to register low ratings versus its counterparts.”

    The series, despite bringing back together Barretto and former onscreen partner Diether Ocampo in a project, failed to make an impact on viewers nor make the slightest dent on the prime time landscape of free TV.

    Evidently, the return of young stars Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil in Dolce Amore had the bigger pull in ratings, what with their first team-up for prime time highly successful in 2015’s Forevermore.

    Based on AGB Neilsen and Kantar Media, Bakit Manipis Ang Ulap garnered 1.8 percent ratings for TV5; while Dolce Amore raked in 22.8 percent for ABS-CBN.

    GMA Network’s That’s My Amboy placed second.

    Ocampo’s poor acting was cited as one of the reasons for the series’ failure, even with a strong support cast in Cesar Montano and Meg Imperial.

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