Wil Time Bigtime, most watched variety show last Saturday, generating the highest number of viewers in nationwide urban TV.
TV5's Wil Time, Bigtime topped all competing programs during its timeslot last Saturday (August 13), according to Nielsen Media Research. The people’s show managed to get a 6.5-percent AMR or 28.8-percent audience share in MegaTam, compared to ABS-CBN’s ratings by day ...of 4.9 percent AMR (21.3 percent share) and GMA’s 5.8 percent AMR (25.3 percent share).
Among all game-variety shows, Wil Time Bigtime was the most watched last Saturday, generating the highest number of viewers in nationwide urban TV. Based on Nielsen’s NuTam data last Saturday (August 13), Wil Time Bigtime generated almost 2.7 million viewers compared to ABS-CBN’s The Price is Right with only 2.1 million viewers. Moreover, Wil Time Bigtime captured almost 400,000 more viewers versus GMA’s Manny Many Prizes, which only posted an average of 2.3 million viewers nationwide.
Despite the show’s continuous success in the ratings game, Revillame is still in awe that even after years of dealing with a multitude of stories from different people through his TV programs, stirring accounts of the tough, faithful Filipino spirit are still being told. One such experience was seen when the show featured differently-abled people in a Wil Time Bigtime segment recently—a very first for Kuya Wil since he ventured into TV hosting.
All the way from Baguio—with only their 5-year-old daughter serving as their eyes throughout their commute—a blind married couple braved the chilly north road at 2 in the morning and made it to the audition venue in Quezon City just before noon. JR, a blind massage therapist, was selected to join the segment where at least P3.5 million worth of prizes were at stake.
During the interview portion with Revillame, JR and wife Shirley were reluctant to accept so much money from Revillame. For the Wil Time Bigtime host, it’s not every day that people refuse money they think is beyond what they need. He was so inspired that, instead of the usual P5,000 he hands over to a contestant, he gave JR a total of P37,000. “Kahit hindi na po ako manalo ngayon malaking tulong na po 'to. Hindi ko na hangad na makuha ang jackpot,” JR said, his voice cracking with emotion. He added that he will use the money to start a small vegetable buy-and-sell enterprise in Baguio.
The Wil Time Bigtime host admitted that the blind masseur’s character gave him a personal awakening. He said, “Alam mo, JR, inspirasyon kayo sa'ming mga normal na tao. Inspirasyon kayo sa'min na minsan marami pang hinahangad sa buhay, marami pang hinihingi. Pero samantalang kayo simple lang. Napakaswerte namin na naging bisita namin kayong lahat kasi namumulat kami kung gaano kahalaga ang tunay na pagmamahal sa kapwa [You know, JR, you inspire people like us, who often want so much more in life even though we are already so blessed. In contrast, people like you who must struggle through life only have simple wishes. It’s an honor to meet people like you, who teach us the virtue of loving others].”