It's Showtime (Philippine TV program)

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It's Showtime
It's Showtime.png
Also known as
  • Showtime (2009–2012)
  • It's Showtime (2012–present)
  • Magpasikat (2010)
GenreVariety show
Created byABS-CBN Entertainment
Developed byABS-CBN Entertainment
Bobet Vidanes
Written by
  • Maria Anna Isabel Reyes
  • Rachel Relucio
  • Matthew Salegumba
  • Bebeth Santos
  • Alex Balite
  • Ferdie Aguas
Directed by
Presented by
Theme music composer
  • DJ M.O.D.
  • Bobet Vidanes
Opening theme
  • Showtime (2009–2012)
  • It's Showtime (2012 remix) (2012–2020)
  • It’s Showtime (2020 remix) (2020–present)
Country of originPhilippines
Original languageFilipino
No. of episodes3,150
Production
Executive producerRose Casala
Production locationsABS-CBN Broadcasting Center, Quezon City, Philippines
Studio 2 (2009–2012, 2018)
Studio 3 (2012–2018, 2019–present)
Editors
  • Alphonse Dayao
  • Kerwin de Mesa
  • Malvin Flores
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time180 mins (including commercials)
Production companyABS-CBN Entertainment
Release
Original network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 24, 2009 (2009-10-24) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byPilipinas Game Ka Na Ba? (as morning slot)
Happy Yipee Yehey! (as noontime slot)
Related showsIt's Showtime Indonesia
External links
Website

It's Showtime is a Philippine noontime variety show broadcast by Kapamilya Channel under ABS-CBN Entertainment that premiered on October 24, 2009. The show is taped in the ABS-CBN Studios at the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Quezon City. It's Showtime currently airs on pay television network Kapamilya Channel and is simulcast A2Z from Mondays to Saturdays. It also airs worldwide via TFC, and streamed online on Facebook and YouTube via Showtime Online Universe and Kapamilya Online Live.[1] A primetime encore telecast also airs on Jeepney TV.[2]

It's Showtime is the second live entertainment program in the Philippines to be broadcast in high-definition behind ASAP Natin 'To.[3] The program is currently ABS-CBN's longest-running daily noontime variety show after surpassing the original run of MTB (1998–2005) in 2016.

History[edit]

Showtime! and Magpasikat (2010–2012)[edit]

Showtime premiered on October 24, 2009 at 10:30 AM, as a competition program, airing before the network's noontime shows, and served as the replacement of Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba? following its successful eight-year morning run. The original hosts include Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, Kim Atienza, Jugs Jugueta, Teddy Corpuz, and Vice Ganda as the resident hurado (unevictable judge). In the third season, the show added former hurados Billy Crawford and Karylle as hosts.

In the first four seasons, Showtime's original competition format was that three groups, each made up of 2 to 25 members (with no age limit) perform a single performance, either a dance and/or song number. Before the performance, one group member is given 20 seconds to make an introduction before ending with the phrase "It's Showtime!". After the group's performance, the hurados, with the help of the studio audience, rate the group from 1 to 10. The group with the highest average score from the hurados wins the competition. The daily winner perform again to compete in the weekly finals. The winning weekly finalists advance to the monthly finals. The winning monthly finalists get the chance to complete in the grand finals. In the wildcard week, selected groups from the weekly and monthly finals are invited back to compete again for a slot in the grand finals.

Aside from the talent competition, Showtime also aired mini-segments that offer cash prizes to the studio audiences.

In October 2010, the show moved to the noontime slot, serving as the lead-in program for Pilipinas Win Na Win which was pushed back to an early afternoon timeslot.[4] On February 12, 2011, the program returned to its original timeslot to give way for the premiere of Happy Yipee Yehey!

On January 28, 2012, Showtime aired a special episode to end its two-year morning competition format with an impartial farewell.[5] It was later revealed that the program was preparing for a reformat to become a noontime variety show.[6][7]

It's Showtime (2012–2020)[edit]

It's Showtime premiered on February 6, 2012 on its new timeslot at 11:30 AM, replacing Happy Yipee Yehey! The program was previously simulcast on then-Studio 23 and CgeTV's website during the first months of the relaunch. It's Showtime brought back its original competition format as a special segment while launching new segments.[8][9][10]

It retained all of its main hosts while adding Jhong Hilario, Ryan Bang, Coleen Garcia and Eric "Eruption" Tai. In January 2016, Amy Perez and Mariel Rodriguez joined the program as main hosts.[11] The program also debuted its all-male dance group Hashtags and its all-female dance group GirlTrends.[12][13] On February 14, 2017, new Hashtags members were introduced.[14] In May 2017, Nadine Lustre and James Reid were added as main hosts.[15][16]

In October 2018, It's Showtime launched its own YouTube channel Showtime Online Universe.[17][18] Three digital programs premiered on the channel: And I Thank You with Miss Q & A segment grand winner Juliana Parizcova Segovia; Hashtag Roadtrip with the Hashtag members; and Donna What To Do with Funny One segment season two grand winner Donna Cariaga. The Showtime Online Universe received a Silver Creator Award after getting 100,000 channel subscribers in January 2019.[19]

Before 2019 ends, showtime former hosts Crawford, Garcia, Tai, Reid, Lustre, Marquez, and Atienza was left. Tai was fired due to his extreme addiction in video games.

Second decade (2020–present)[edit]

On March 10, 2020, It's Showtime temporarily disallowed admission of live audience members following the government's declaration of a state public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.[20][21] On March 15, 2020, the show's production was temporarily suspended in compliance with the government's declaration of enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to curb the spread of COVID-19.[22] It's Showtime aired a mix of episode replays and live episodes via Zoom.[23][24] On April 29, 2020, the program's timeslot was shortened as part of the network's programming changes.

On May 5, 2020, It's Showtime, along with other ABS-CBN programs, stopped its broadcast operations following National Telecommunications Commission's issuance of a cease and desist order due to the expiration of the network's 25-year franchise.[25]

On June 13, 2020, the show resumed its broadcast with a shortened 150-minute timeslot on pay television network Kapamilya Channel which is owned and operated by ABS-CBN Corporation. Perez and Gonzaga as well join the host. It is also simulcast on Jeepney TV and streamed online on Facebook and YouTube via Showtime Online Universe and Kapamilya Online Live.[26][27]

On July 13, 2020, following an employee working at ABS-CBN testing positive for COVID-19, It's Showtime and Magandang Buhay temporarily suspended live airings and aired replays. Also, the same instance later happened again when a Modified Enhanced community quarantine was temporarily reimposed in Luzon and again with the sudden surge of coronavirus cases in portions of Luzon on March 18, 2021.[28]

On September 28, 2020, Kim Chiu officially joined It's Showtime as a main host, after being a guest host in the previous years.[29]

On October 10, 2020, It's Showtime celebrated its return to free TV via A2Z Channel 11 under a blocktime agreement between the network and religious broadcaster, ZOE Broadcasting Network.[30]

On March 16, 2021, Vice Ganda announced at It's Showtime's segment Tawag ng Tanghalan that the show will move to a new studio at ABS-CBN Soundstage at San Jose del Monte, Bulacan soon.[31]

On March 18, 2021, It's Showtime temporarily suspended their live productions due to surge of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.[32]

Hosts[edit]

*(on hiatus)

Show segments[edit]

Current segments[edit]

Tawag ng Tanghalan[edit]

Dubbed as the "all-time favorite search for outstanding amateur talents," Tawag ng Tanghalan is an amateur singing competition open to Filipino contenders from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and overseas. This is the third incarnation of the singing competition, following ABS-CBN's versions in 1953 and 1987.

Name It to Win It![edit]

Name It To Win It! is a game wherein two teams guess a word or phrase based on visual clues representing letters, syllables or words. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Home viewers who have selected the winning team are chosen to win a cash prize. Recently, the losing team for the week receives a punishment from the winning team at the end of week.

Hide and Sing[edit]

Hide and Sing is a guessing game wherein a guest player called TagoHula must pick which among three singers covered up via personal protective equipment called TagoKanta is a celebrity. In the first round, the player makes a guess based on the group performance of the three singers. In the second round, the player makes a final guess based on solo performances of the singers. It's Showtime hosts also make individual guesses to help the player. Home viewers get to win a cash prize if the guest player makes a correct guess.[33][34]

QuaranSing[edit]

QuaranSing is a live karaoke segment involving the It's Showtime hosts.

Versus[edit]

Two challengers are introduced every week and the challenger who will perform on Monday will be determined by draw lots while the other challenger will perform on Wednesday. However, three challengers are introduced starting from the third week onwards. In line with that, draw lots will still be used to determine the challenger that will perform on Wednesday while the last challenger will perform on Friday.

The challenger of the day will choose one of the 5 Abangers which was composed of 3 Havey performers and 2 Waley performers. The winner will be determined by the votes of the 3 guest judges. The Monday and Wednesday winner will compete with each other in the Weekly Finals every Friday. However, the mechanics were slightly changed starting from the third week onwards. There are only 2 Havey performers among the 5 Abangers and the Weekly Finals are held every Saturday instead. The daily winner will receive ₱10,000 while the weekly winner will receive ₱20,000.

Seasonal segments[edit]

Holy Week Special[edit]

In observance of the Holy Week, It's Showtime airs a series of special drama episodes from Holy Monday to Holy Wednesday. The hosts take a break from their hosting jobs and venture into acting to portray stories of the noontime program's previous contestants, or visit people with inspiring stories. The program began its Holy Week Special in 2013.

However, TNT still resumes after playing a film. [35]

Magpasikat[edit]

Magpasikat is the annual talent competition for It's Showtime hosts, held either a week before the show's anniversary date, October 24, or during the week itself. The performances are evaluated by a special panel of hurados (judges).

Year Winner 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place Judges Source
2010 Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz N/A Luis Manzano

Gladys Reyes

Arnel Pineda

Gary Valenciano

Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson

2011 Anne Curtis Billy Crawford Vice Ganda N/A Cathy Garcia-Molina

Liz Uy

Joel Cruz

Manny Calayan

Vicki Belo

2012 Anne Curtis and Karylle N/A Alfie Lorenzo

Cornelia Lee

Eula Valdez

Maricel Soriano

Jericho Rosales

Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz
Billy Crawford and Vhong Navarro
2013 Teddy Corpuz, Karylle and Jugs Jugueta Vice Ganda and Kuya Kim Vhong Navarro, Coleen Garcia and Billy Crawford N/A Amy Perez

Ai-Ai delas Alas

Ruffa Gutierrez

Robert Seña

Isay Alvarez

[36]
2014 Jugs Jugueta, Teddy Corpuz and Billy Crawford Vhong Navarro and Jhong Hilario Anne Curtis and Coleen Garcia N/A Cherie Gil

Jim Paredes

Pops Fernandez

[37]
2015 Vice Ganda, Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz Karylle and Jhong Hilario Anne Curtis, Kuya Kim and Eruption N/A Amy Perez and Marc Logan

Tirso Cruz III and Edgar Mortiz

Nonong de Andres and Lilia Cuntapay

[38]
2016 Anne Curtis, Amy Perez and Joey Marquez

Ryle, Paulo, Dawn, Miho, Maika, Krissha

Vhong Navarro and Jhong Hilario

Nikko, Jon, Luke, Maris, Jessica, Leyana, Riva

Karylle, Jugs Jugueta, Teddy Corpuz and Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla

Ronnie, Jameson, Loisa, Mikee, Sammie, Devon, Kelly

Vice Ganda and Kuya Kim

Zeus, Tom, Chienna, Mica, Nikki, Jane

Billy Crawford and Ryan Bang

McCoy, Jimboy, Joana, Kamille, Barbie, Erin

Sonny Angara

Jolina Magdangal

Nick Olanka

Precious Lara Quigaman

Mel Villena

[39]
2017 Vhong Navarro

Nikko, Tom, Bugoy, Kid, Erin, Joana

Vice Ganda, Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz

Ronnie, Ryle, CK, Luke, Mica, Krissha

Jhong Hilario and Karylle

McCoy, Jon, Wilbert, Maru, Dawn, Mikee

Anne Curtis, Ryan Bang and Nadine Lustre

Jameson, Jimboy, Vitto, Franco, Chienna, Kelly

Billy Crawford, Amy Perez and James Reid

Zeus, Paulo, Rayt, Kamille, Maika, Sammie, Jessica

Maricel Soriano

Marc Logan

Ina Raymundo

Janno Gibbs

Rory Quintos

[40]
2018 Karylle and Jhong Hilario

Ronnie, Jimboy, Rayt, Chienna, Jessica

Vice Ganda and Amy Perez

McCoy, Luke, Wilbert, Krissha, Mikee

Anne Curtis and Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla

Jameson, Ryle, Tom, Kid, Sammie

Vhong Navarro and Ryan Bang

Nikko, CK, Paulo, Dawn, Maika

Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz

Zeus, Vitto, Maru, Mica, Joana

Gus Abelgas

Empoy Marquez

Shalani Soledad-Romulo

Rey "PJ" Abellana

Ronnie Ricketts and Maris Ricketts

[41]
2019 Vice Ganda

Miss Q & A Queens

Vhong Navarro and Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla

Hashtags

Anne Curtis and Amy Perez

Bidaman

Karylle and Ryan Bang

TNT Boys, TNT Singers

Jhong Hilario, Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz

Jackie, Ion, Sanrio

Edu Manzano

Rachel Arenas

Shirley Halili-Cruz

Andy Alviz

Diether Ocampo

Rene Napenas

Tim Yap

Joel Cruz

Vicki Belo

Tina Monzon-Palma

[42]
2020 Jhong Hilario, Karylle and Ion Perez N/A N/A [43]
Jugs Jugueta, Teddy Corpuz and Ryan Bang
Vhong Navarro, Amy Perez and Jackie Gonzaga
Vice Ganda and Kim Chiu

Standings[edit]

Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz hold the most number of Magpasikat wins with 6, followed by Karylle with 4.

Host Champion 2nd Place 3rd Place
Jugs Jugueta and Teddy Corpuz 6 1 1
Karylle 4 1 2
Vice Ganda 3 3 1
Vhong Navarro 3 3 1
Anne Curtis 3 4
Jhong Hilario 2 3 1
Amy Perez 2 1 1
Billy Crawford 2 1 1
Ryan Bang 1
Kim Chiu 1
Jackie Gonzaga 1
Ion Perez 1
Joey Marquez 1
Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla 1 2
Kim Atienza 1 1
Coleen Garcia 2
Eric "Eruption" Tai 1
Nadine Lustre
James Reid

Merchandise[edit]

Showtime: The Album
Compilation album
ReleasedOctober 2010 (2010-10)
Recorded2010
GenreSoundtrack
LabelStar Music
ProducerJonathan Manalo (executive)

A self-debut album composed of five music tracks featuring the Showtime Hosts.[44][45]

  • "Hari Ng Dance Floor"  – Vhong Navarro
  • "Magpasikat"  – Teddy Corpuz
  • "Madlang People"  – DJ M.O.D.
  • "Showtime Theme"  – Showtime Cast
  • "We'll Get There"  – Anne Curtis
  • "Showtime Theme"  – Showtime Cast

TV specials and tours[edit]

Studios used by It's Showtime[edit]

  • Dolphy Theatre, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center (formerly Studio 1) (formerly used during special episodes of Kalokalike segment)
  • ABS-CBN Studio 2, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center (October 24, 2009 – January 28, 2012, August 1, 2018 – January 1, 2019; during special occasions)
  • ABS-CBN Studio 3, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center (February 6, 2012 – July 31, 2018, January 2, 2019 – present)
  • ABS-CBN Studio 10, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center (October 31, 2020 – present; during special occasions)

It's Showtime has aired several television specials in primetime which are held in large venues such as stadiums or arenas to accommodate large crowds. Below is an incomplete list of these specials;

In 2011, Showtime visited Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

In 2013, the It's Showtime hosts performed in Honolulu, Hawaii for their day-long concert tour.

In 2014, the It's Showtime hosts performed in Canada as part of the show's fifth anniversary celebration.

In 2015, It's Showtime kicked off its month-long sixth anniversary celebration at the Araneta Coliseum. The program also toured at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna, and Hoops Dome in Cebu.

In 2018, It's Showtime hosts and performers had their U.S. Tour and was held in California last July 28 and 29.

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations received by It's Showtime
Number of wins and nominations
Wins 50+
Nominations 70+
(Not all awards and nominations are listed below)
Year Award Category Nominated artist/work Result Source
2010 24th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Talent Search Program It's Showtime Won [46]
Best Talent Search Program Host Vhong Navarro, Kim Atienza, Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis Nominated
2011 25th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Talent Search Program It's Showtime Won
(tied with Talentadong Pinoy)
[47]
Best Talent Search Program Host Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Kim Atienza, Billy Crawford, Karylle, Jugs, Teddy and Vhong Navarro Nominated
2012 2nd EdukCircle Awards Best TV Personality in Comedy Vice Ganda Won
8th USTv Student's Choice Awards Best Reality Show It's Showtime Won [48]
34th Catholic Mass Media Awards Best Entertainment Program It's Showtime Nominated [49]
26th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Reality and Game Show It's Showtime Won [50]
Best Reality and Game Show Host Anne Curtis, Teddy, Vice Ganda, Kim Atienza, Billy Crawford, Karylle, Ryan Bang, Coleen Garcia, Jhong Hilario, Jugs and Vhong Navarro Won
2013 9th USTv Students' Choice Awards Best Variety Show It's Showtime Won [51]
Best Variety Show Host Anne Curtis Won
27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Variety Show It's Showtime Won [52]
Best Male TV Host Billy Crawford Won
Vhong Navarro Nominated
Vice Ganda Nominated
Best Female TV Host Anne Curtis Won
Karylle Nominated
2014 4th EdukCircle Awards Best TV Personality in Comedy Vice Ganda Won
Yahoo! OMG! Philippines Awards Best Male TV Host Vhong Navarro Won [53]
28th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Variety Show It's Showtime Won [54]
Best Male TV Host Billy Crawford Won
Vice Ganda Nominated
Best Female TV Host Anne Curtis Won
2015 5th EdukCircle Awards Best TV Personality in Comedy Vice Ganda Won
2015 Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Variety Program It's Showtime Nominated [55]
Outstanding Female Host in a Musical/Variety Program Anne Curtis Won
13th Gawad Tanglaw Awards Best Variety Show It's Showtime Won [56]
2nd Paragala Central Luzon Media Awards Best Variety Show It's Showtime Won [57]
Best Male TV Host Vice Ganda Won
11th USTv Students' Choice Awards Best Variety Show It's Showtime Won [58]
29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Musical Variety Show It's Showtime Nominated [59]
Best Male TV Host Vice Ganda Won
Billy Crawford Nominated
Best Female TV Host Anne Curtis Won
2016 6th EdukCircle Awards Most Outstanding TV Personality in Comedy Vice Ganda Won
2nd Aral Parangal Awards of the Young Educators' Council of SOCKSARGEN (YECS) Best TV Variety Show It's Showtime Won [60]
12th USTv Students' Choice Awards Best Variety Show It's Showtime Nominated [61][62]
Best Female Show Host Anne Curtis Won
2016 Golden Laurel Lyceans' Choice Media Awards Best Noontime Show It's Showtime Won [63]
30th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Variety Show It's Showtime Nominated
Best New Male TV Personality Nikko Natividad Nominated
Best New Female TV Personality Miho Nishida Nominated
Best Male Host Vice Ganda Nominated
Billy Crawford Nominated
Best Female Host Anne Curtis Won
Amy Perez Nominated
Karylle Nominated
2017 7th EdukCircle Awards Best Female Variety Show Host Anne Curtis Won
Hall of Fame: Most Outstanding TV Personality in Comedy Vice Ganda Won
RAWR Awards 2017 Trending Show of the Year It's Showtime Won [64][65]
31st PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Variety Show It's Showtime Nominated [66]
Best Male Host Vice Ganda Won
Billy Crawford Nominated
Best Female Host Anne Curtis Nominated
Nadine Lustre Nominated
Amy Perez Nominated
2018 RAWR Awards 2018 Favorite Group of the Year Hashtags Won
Trending Show of the Year It's Showtime Won
32nd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Variety Show Cast and crew Nominated [67][68]
Best Male Host Vice Ganda Nominated
Vhong Navarro Nominated
Best Female Host Anne Curtis Nominated
Amy Perez Nominated
Best New Male Personality Greg Hawkins Nominated
Wilbert Ross Nominated
Best New Female Personality Jackie Gonzaga Nominated
2019 9th EdukCircle Awards Best Female Noontime Show Host Anne Curtis Won
Best Male Noontime Show Host Vice Ganda Won
RAWR Awards 2019 Royal Pride Awardee It's Showtime Won
Breakthrough Artist of the Year Ion Perez Won
33rd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Variety Show It's Showtime Nominated
Best Male TV Host Vice Ganda Won
Best Female TV Host Anne Curtis Won
Amy Perez Nominated
2020 7th Paragala Central Luzon Media Awards Best Noontime Show It's Showtime Won [69]

Reception[edit]

Indonesian version[edit]

The show spawned its first international franchise in Indonesia in 2019, titled It's Showtime Indonesia, which premiered on March 25, 2019 on MNCTV.[70] It's Showtime became ABS-CBN's first non-narrative format to be franchised by another country.[71]

Ratings[edit]

Showtime debuted on its pre-noontime slot on October 24, 2009, with a 14.0% national TV rating based on Kantar Media Philippines.[72] Its immense popularity ended the dominance of talk show SiS on its timeslot.[73] GMA Network replaced SiS with Diz Iz It!, a competition similar to Showtime, but it was cancelled after five months.

Showtime's first grand finals held in July 2010 received a 35% national TV rating, beating the 8.9% rating of Diz Iz It! and 13.7% of Eat Bulaga![74] The second grand finals held in December 2010 scored a 23.4% national TV rating against Eat Bulaga!'s 17.4%.[75] The third grand finals in May 2011 also delivered a rating of 21.3% versus Eat Bulaga!'s 17%.

It's Showtime debuted on its noontime slot on February 6, 2012 with a 13.6% national rating.[76] The episode received an overall 16.3% rating when the viewership numbers from Studio 23 were added. Initially placing behind Eat Bulaga!, the show's rating peaked to a 20.9% national rating during the finals of the "Bida Kapamilya" segment and its third anniversary week-long celebration.[77][78]

The finals of the Kalokalike segment in June 2013 garnered a 26.8% national TV rating, leaving Eat Bulaga! and Wowowillie with 13.2% and 2.8% ratings, respectively.[79] The finals of the segment's second iteration posted a 21.6% national TV rating, once again beating Eat Bulaga!'s 15.8% and Wowowillie's 2.6%.[80]

It's Showtime continued its dominance in the noontime slot with its fourth anniversary week special held from October 21–26, 2013.[81][82]

The program faced heavy competition in 2015 when the sixth anniversary special only scored a 10.2% national TV rating, four times behind Eat Bulaga!. This is due to the Tamang Panahon special (and the build-up before that), which served as the climax of the then-popular Kalyeserye segment which featured AlDub.[83][84][85]

It's Showtime quickly regained its prominence on its time slot when Tawag ng Tanghalan launched in 2016. The program garnered a 33.6% national TV rating during the singing competition's first grand finals.[86] Tawag ng Tanghalan continued its winning streak during its second-season finale when it posted a national TV rating of 31.0% against Eat Bulaga!'s 9.5%.[87] It's Showtime topped the ratings game once again during the first grand finals of Miss Q and A segment on June 30, 2018 with a national TV rating of 28.4% versus Eat Bulaga!'s 11.1%.[88]

The second Miss Q and A grand finals posted a national TV rating of 27.4%, beating Eat Bulaga!'s 10.6%, Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko's 13.8%, and Tadhana's 11.3%.[89]

Tawag ng Tanghalan third-season finale posted a national TV rating of 25.8%, beating Eat Bulaga!'s 10.4% and Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Buhay Ko's 9.5%.[90]

Controversies[edit]

Rosanna Roces' statements on teachers[edit]

Showtime came under fire when controversial statements were made by guest hurado Rosanna Roces against certain groups, especially teachers during an episode in January 2010. ABS-CBN relieved Roces of her jury duty as a form of self-regulation, but Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) placed the program under a 20-day preventive suspension on January 11, 2010. A placeholder variety show titled Magpasikat was aired in lieu of Showtime; Magpasikat had essentially the same talent show format as Showtime except that the competing groups are composed of celebrities.[91][92]

The suspension only lasted for six days after the Court of Appeals issued a 60-day temporary restraining order against the MTRCB's suspension. Showtime eventually returned on air on January 19, 2010.[93][94][95][96][97]

In March 2010, MTRCB ordered a total one-month suspension of the program because of the incident, including the replacement program Magpasikat. The MTRCB also directed the filing of criminal charges against Florida Tan, ABS-CBN vice-president for programming, and other officers "responsible for the violation."[98] Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN's Corporate Communications said that the suspension was not yet final and that they were seeking appeal before the Office of the President.[99] The variety show later on won the case because the MTRCB had not presented new arguments that would justify a reversal of its previous resolution.[100][101]

Gabriela's criticism on Nasaan Ka, Mr. Pastillas segment[edit]

The program's daily reality-dating game segment Nasaan Ka, Mr. Pastillas? drew ire from netizens and women's group Gabriela for "pimping" Angelica Yap or popularly known as Pastillas Girl. The program issued a statement to denounce Gabriela's complaint, saying that it is "hurtful and offensive to women like Angelica who has done nothing wrong but to share her story with the hope of getting another shot at love."[102] It also clarified the segment's intent of helping Yap find love and recover from a failed relationship. MTRCB summoned the show's executives to give a list of suggestions on how to improve the segment.[103]

GirlTrend member's joke on orphans[edit]

GirlTrend member Erin Ocampo drew flak from netizens after making a joke about being an orphan during the PUROKatatawanan segment. Norfil Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization that provides help to orphaned children, called on MTRCB and DSWD to take corrective action as it branded the joke "insensitive and ignorant."[104] The program made an on-air apology the following day. Plus, "Purok Katatawanan" segment was suspended and was replaced to Mimime 3 the new day. Girltrend Erin is as well fired from the Girltrend Group.[105]

Miss Q & A finalist's wardrobe malfunction[edit]

Miss Q & A grand finalist Lars Pacheco suffered a wardrobe malfunction in an October 2019 episode. It's Showtime apologized to viewers who may have been offended by the accident.[106]

Mistake on PiLing Lucky segment[edit]

It's Showtime issued an apology after a production mistake made on PiLing Lucky segment during a February 27, 2020 episode.[107]

Question in Mas Testing segment[edit]

On November 9, 2020, It's Showtime drew flak from netizens when the hosts asked which among Gaya Sa Pelikula actors Ian Pangilinan and Paolo Pangilinan was more straight during the Mas Testing segment. "tigasin" (lit. 'tough'), "magaling magpalabas" (lit. 'good in releasing') and "kulot" (lit. 'curly'). This prompted netizens on Twitter to highlight the importance of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression awareness and education.[108]

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