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‘Legal Wives’ screenwriter Suzette Doctolero expressed frustration toward the audience, her show’s poor performance

Though she expressed her frustration, Doctolero is hopeful that starting next week, with Legal Wives’ new timeslot, its ratings would go up.

Suzette Doctolero explained that she was only carried away knowing that Legal Wives had poor ratings in its previous episodes.

The screenwriter then clarified that her want was meant for Filipinos to actually support the show and not just commend how it was beautifully made. 

Suzette Doctolero, the writer of the Kapuso show Legal Wives on Wednesday, August 25, got frustrated about the show’s ratings.

In a now-deleted Facebook post, Doctolero expressed her disappointment on the viewership her show received.

“Pababa ang ratings ng LW kahit na ito ay pinupuri. Aanhin ang papuri? We need ratings.

“Bakit hindi nagre-reflect sa ratings ang papuri? Kung ‘di mag-rate ang isang show, o mag-deliver ng numbers, hindi na po magkakaroon uli ng ganito,” ranted the screenwriter.

Before she wrapped up the post, she added that she was wrong to think Filipinos would [really] patronize Legal Wives, which has a unique storyline than the rest of current shows on Philippine TV.

“Mali ako. Tradisyunal at formula soap pa rin talaga ang tinatangkilik ng tao.”

Doctolero has the right to be frustrated, given how the show fared on ratings. On July 19, the screenwriter assured the viewers that Legal Wives is of quality.

“Kinwento ko talaga kung ano ang dapat maging kwento. In fact, sinama namin dito ang Marawi Siege eh, background ang Marawi Siege.

“In fairness naman, kahit maraming cast na nandito at maraming talents, pero nagawan ng paraan nina Direk Zig at ng production.

“Ginagawan ng paraan. Sa tapings, sumasali rin ako. At kami-kami ay nag-uusap kung paano s’ya maishu-shoot na hindi pa rin sinasakripisyo ng quality.

“So kinwento lang s’ya nang walang iniisip na limitasyon. Kung ano lang ang ginagawa at tsaka ginagawan ng paraan,” revealed Doctolero.

Though she expressed her frustration, Doctolero is hopeful that its ratings would go up with Legal Wives’ new timeslot next week.

In another post, Doctolero shared the ‘rating’ from Kantar Media TV Ratings last Friday, August 20, which showed her Kapuso show’s score is 53.9%, 14.3%, and 68.3%.

Doctolero’s post earned various reactions, mostly to ridicule ABS-CBN’s FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, who recently reached its sixth year on air.

However, Kantar Media has long stopped releasing TV ratings in the Philippines for more than a year. Nevertheless, Legal Wives‘ story gets more exciting starting on Wednesday’s episode, given that it is a one-of-a-kind show.

Dianne, played by Andrea Torres, will finally meet the family of her now-husband Ishmael (Dennis Trillo) and his first wife Amirah (Alice Dixson).

GMA Network teased its Kapuso viewers that Dianne is ‘nervous’ to meet Ishmael’s first wife.



Tune in on Legal Wives weekdays, 8:50 in the evening on GMA Network.

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