Eat Bulaga: Most Viewed Drama Show

Introduction

The Eat Bulaga is a popular TV drama series in the Philippines. It was the longest running noontime show. Nowadays, people can enjoy live streaming of it on YouTube. The 40th anniversary of the show will go live on 30th July 2019.

Eat Bulaga: Most Viewed Drama Show

Background

Initially, the drama series was developed to be aired on Radio Philippines Network. The idea was created by Production Specialists Inc. The company was owned by Romy Jalosjos. Antonio Tuveira was working for this company. He knew the comedians Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon. He thought that they would be perfect to host the new program. A meeting took place eventually to make known the offer. All three accepted the exciting new offer.

De Leon came up with the title of the show. He named it ‘Eat; that represented lunchtime. While ‘Bulaga’ referred in the native language as ‘surprises’ respectively. In next decade the trio team filled the show with amazing big surprises. The first few months for Eat Bulaga were still tough.  An eminent cancellation was looming.  Though the advertising rate was low, it lacked advertisers. TVJ did not receive their salaries for six months.

Competition and New Plan

A plan was made and executed, to come out of tough situation. The director went for more movie trailers that paid less than standard commercials. Eat Bulaga GMA Pinoy went high in the rating after 1980. The  introduction of segment called Mr. Macho resulted in much fame. Production Specialists made a change too. They handed over production to Tuviera’s TAPE, Inc. In 1982, domestic satellite got launched. This allowed the drama series to get aired nationwide.

During the same time, Coney Reyes had joined the show. While Hollman moved to ‘Student Canteen’ show. Later, in 1987 Aiza Sequerra joined the show . She was a renowned runner-up for another show at that time.

Development and Fame

By 1989, Eat Bulaga expanded to ABS-CBN network. The show got conducted at ABS-CBN Studio 1 at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center. However, Reyes left the noontime show in 1992. Christine Jacob had replaced Reyes. Tito Sotto begun appearing on the weekends only. By 1994, another move was seen for the show. The Eat Bulaga got transferred to ABS-CBN Studio 3 as well.

The show again moved to GMA Network by 1995, . Eat Bulaga Pinoy GMA got conducted on a different studios. It was Celebrity Sports Plaza establishment. Soon, it got transferred to permanent home at East Studios. By 1999, the show had become much popular. Millions viewed it on Philippine Television.

New Segments and Viewership

Two new segments got introduced for the show. They were Meron o Wala and Laban o Bawi by late 2000. They had boosted the viewership immensely. A special millennium episode got introduced. It got aired at SM City North EDSA on Saturday. The 25th anniversary of T.V show got aired on November 19, 2004. It was organized at the famous amphitheater Expo Pilipino in Clark Freeport Zone.

Around 60,000 spectators attended the television special. The Eat Bulaga Pinoy GMA enjoyed highest daytime TV rating in the Philippines.

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