Can Captain Pull Off the Streak?

Captain Barbell is the newest show of GMA7 that will usher Richard Gutierrez’s comeback to primetime.

After Full House (2009), Richard has taken less acting and more hosting. And this maybe to give way for other actors in GMA’s domain to do their center stage acts,  honing Richard for a greater project. And that project has finally arrived — Mar’s Ravelo’s Captain Barbell.

Not an original one, nobody doubts that, in fact this is the second time around that Richard will be doing another Captain Barbell series.

Yes, yes, everyone’s going for a new. If their digging for good chunky ratings, they should put on everything to get everyone’s sight. But have they really managed to do all that well? Hmm, they’ve taken not one lead actress but four — Richard’s rumored girlfriend Solenn Heussaff, PBB graduate Sam Pinto, GMA’s Lovi Poe, and Survivor Philippines’ Michelle Madrigal. They’ve also promised the viewers for their great CGI effects that’s worth betting for international filmography. And Jillian Ward, the child star of GMA, is no far from the story. But the acting? Who needs acting when it’s an action/fantasy series. Well, I hope this is selling fast like hotcakes. Let’s just see about that.

GMA7 is well known for their field in fantaserye, after the hit and very successful Encantadia, they’ve never stop offering the same genre to viewers. Factly, it made them, at times, on top against their competitors (ABS-CBN and TV5).

But after spoon after spoon of fantaserye, what would made this another different from the rest? Well, let the rating speak.

AGB Nielsen Mega Manila People Ratings:


  1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) – 16%
  2. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) – 13.9%
  3. Dwarfina (GMA-7) – 13.8%
  4. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) – 13.6%
  5. Mutya (ABS-CBN) – 13.5%
  6. I ♥You Pare (GMA-7) – 12.9%
  7. The Baker King (GMA-7) – 12.7%
  8. 24 Oras (GMA-7) – 11.3%
  9. Magic Palayok (GMA-7) / Imortal (ABS-CBN) – 10.5%
  10. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) – 10.2%


Kantar Media-TNS National Household Ratings:


  1. Mutya (ABS-CBN) – 34.8%
  2. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) – 34.1%
  3. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) – 32%
  4. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) – 27.1%
  5. Captain Barbell (GMA-7) – 22.8%
  6. 24 Oras (GMA-7) – 21.9%
  7. Imortal (ABS-CBN) – 21.6%
  8. Dwarfina (GMA-7) – 20.7%
  9. Magic Palayok (GMA-7) – 19.1%
  10. The Baker King (GMA-7) – 17.6%


Captain didn’t pull off the winning streak of Mara Clara. People has grown tired of fantaseries perhaps. Well, I can’t speak too soon, after all it’s just their first day. And neither I can tell what will happen next. So what do you think?


Posted on March 30, 2011, in Local Blitz and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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