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Primetime TV Ratings - Week 18

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Primetime TV Viewing Figures on 12 May 2015
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These are the primetime adult television viewing figures for 27 April - 3 May, 2015.

For an explanation of how the viewing figures are calculated, please read this article.

For previous weeks click here.
 
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Top Shows By Channel
 
 
 
# Show Viewers Show Viewers Show Viewers
1. Generations 5,537,000 Muvhango 4,095,000 Isidingo 1,053,000
2. Skeem Saam 5,478,000 Speak Out 2,370,000 The Bold and the Beautiful 1,020,000
3. uZalo 5,408,000 Moferefere Lenyalong (R) 2,238,000 Yours, Mine & Ours 790,000
4. Tempy Pushas 4,016,000 Mopheme 2,074,000 Days of Our Lives 625,000
5. Thandeka's Diary 3,555,000 Wipeout 1,745,000 Nikita 593,000
6. Xhosa News 3,499,000 Majakathata 1,580,000 The Mentalist 593,000
7. Nyan' Nyan 3,456,000 When Duty Calls 1,185,000 Dallas (2012) 560,000
8. Selimathunzi 3,325,000 Ke Ba Bolelletse 1,119,000 Desperate Housewives 560,000
9. Zaziwa 3,292,000 7de Laan 1,113,000 Hostages 560,000
10. Zulu News 3,252,000 It's Gospel Time (R) 1,086,000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 494,000
 
 
# Show Viewers Show Viewers Show Viewers
1. Scandal! 3,193,000 Carte Blanche 66,000 isiBaya 830,000
2. Unknown 2,173,000 Celebrity MasterChef South Africa 33,000 Our Perfect Wedding 823,000
3. Rhythm City 2,041,000 Fire with Fire 33,000 Big Brother Mzansi Eviction Show 757,000
4. Modern Family 1,646,000 MasterChef Australia 33,000 Diski Divas 395,000
5. Ashes to Ashes 1,580,000 Modern Family 33,000 Love Back 214,000
6. Mr Deeds 1,481,000 The Fixer 33,000 Big Brother Mzansi Daily Show 158,000
7. I Shouldn't Be Alive 1,448,000 2 Broke Girls 16,000 Zabalaza (2013) 148,000
8. The Mask of Zorro 1,218,000     Big Brother Mzansi Nomination Show 132,000
9. Matatiele 955,000     Four Brothers 132,000
10. Umlilo 955,000     Mandla & Lexi 132,000


Top Shows By Genre

Top Dramas

1) Tempy Pushas (SABC1) 4,016,000
2) Mopheme (SABC2) 2,074,000
3) Loxion Lyric (Reb) (SABC1) 1,284,000
4) Thokolosi (SABC2) 1,053,000
5) Matatiele (e.tv) 955,000

Top Reality Shows

1) Nyan' Nyan (SABC1) 3,456,000
2) Mokapelo (SABC1) 2,699,000
3) Holiday Swap (SABC1) 2,535,000
4) The Perfect Sishebo Show (SABC1) 2,205,000
5) Wipeout (SABC2) 1,745,000

Top Comedies

1) Thandeka's Diary (SABC1) 3,555,000
2) Moferefere Lenyalong (R) (SABC2) 2,238,000
3) Modern Family (e.tv) 1,646,000
4) Majakathata (SABC2) 1,580,000
5) Ke Ba Bolelletse (SABC2) 1,119,000

Top News Bulletins

1) Xhosa News (SABC1) 3,499,000
2) Zulu News (SABC1) 3,252,000
3) Siswati/Ndebele News (SABC1) 1,383,000
4) Sesotho/Tswana/Sepedi News (SABC2) 889,000
5) Afrikaans News (SABC2) 836,000

Top Soap Operas

1) Generations (SABC1) 5,537,000
2) Skeem Saam (SABC1) 5,478,000
3) uZalo (SABC1) 5,408,000
4) Muvhango (SABC2) 4,095,000
5) Scandal! (e.tv) 3,193,000

Top Talk Shows

1) Katch It With Khanyi (e.tv) 691,000
2) Motswako (SABC2) 625,000
3) Steve Harvey (e.tv) 612,000
4) The Talk (SABC1) 593,000
5) Eksê Zwakala (e.tv) 444,000

Top Actuality Shows

1) Speak Out (SABC2) 2,370,000
2) Sunday Live (SABC1) 1,383,000
3) Cutting Edge (SABC1) 1,185,000
4) Checkpoint (e.tv) 724,000
5) Leihlo La Sechaba (SABC2) 691,000

Top Magazine Shows

1) The Real Goboza (SABC1) 2,601,000
2) Pasella (SABC2) 560,000
3) Hush (e.tv) 461,000
4) Top Billing (SABC3) 461,000
5) Nhlalala Ya Rixaka (SABC2) 395,000

Top Game Shows

1) Friends Like These (SABC1) 1,942,000
2) I Love South Africa (e.tv) 856,000
3) Noot vir Noot (SABC2) 724,000

Top Documentaries

1) I Shouldn't Be Alive (e.tv) 1,448,000
2) Come Again (R) (SABC1) 988,000
3) Ba Kae? (SABC2) 708,000
4) Docuville (SABC3) 494,000

Top Primetime Movies

1) Unknown (e.tv) 2,173,000
2) Mr Deeds (e.tv) 1,481,000
3) The Mask of Zorro (e.tv) 1,218,000
4) Nothing for Mahala (SABC1) 1,152,000
5) Yours, Mine & Ours (SABC3) 790,000

Top 10 Regular Shows (excluding News bulletins)

1) Generations (SABC1) 5,537,000
2) Skeem Saam (SABC1) 5,478,000
3) uZalo (SABC1) 5,408,000
4) Muvhango (SABC2) 4,095,000
5) Tempy Pushas (SABC1) 4,016,000
6) Thandeka's Diary (SABC1) 3,555,000
7) Nyan' Nyan (SABC1) 3,456,000
8) Scandal! (e.tv) 3,193,000
9) Mokapelo (SABC1) 2,699,000
10) The Real Goboza (SABC1) 2,601,000

Special interest note:

Generations almost lost it's record spot at No#1 this week: notice how Skeem Saam needed just over 59,000 to take the number one spot! This is because Generations suffered a meltdown on Wednesday, 29 April when it changed time to accommodate the ABSA Premiership soccer. It aired at 21h30 instead of 20h00 and viewership plunged.

On the Tuesday night before, Generations averaged 6,221,000 viewers and on the Wednesday of the soccer this plunged to 3,226,000 viewers. The soccer also averaged 3,226,000 viewers in the Generations timeslot.

Where did the rest of the Gen' viewers go? Over a million went to Ashes to Ashes. On the Wednesday of the soccer the ratings for Ashes to Ashes hit at all-time high of 2,535,000 viewers.

A chart showing what happened:
 
Show Tuesday 28 April 2015  Wednesday 29 April 2015 Thursday 29 April 2015
Generations 6,221,000 3,226,000 6,090,000
Ashes to Ashes 1,350,000 2,535,000 1,284,000
ABSA Premiership   3,226,000  

Channels in this post: SABC1, SABC2, SABC3, e.tv, Mzansi Magic, M-Net



5 Comments

calamity
12 May 2015 18:08

Hmmm, a curious thing it is, Matatiele and Umlilo have the same viwership numbers on the dot.

Show-Time
12 May 2015 18:44

I hate it when Soccer interrupts regular programming. The SABC must create a channel that is exclusively for sport. Anyway, the stats are very interesting indeed. Week 19 should be very intriguing too.

max85
12 May 2015 18:45

Skeem saam is doing very well hey .so by the look of things if ashes2ashes is not continued when their episodes end in august ,those viewers will eventually go back to generations .

Show-Time
12 May 2015 18:55

But why are the figures taking too long to be released? We are currently on Week 20 yet we are given delayed figures of week 18. Unlike last year when they would be released immediately after that particular week is over.

Robyn...
12 May 2015 19:42

Nice one, big up generations. I also hate those interuptions @show-time sabc really needs to do something about that,


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