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Top Shows on TV: December 2019

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Primetime TV Viewing Figures on 21 Jan 2020
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These are the primetime adult television viewing figures for December 2019:

If you can't see the listing below, then click this link to access them in a document instead: Top Shows on TV: December 2020

Special notes

Viewership for 2019's Miss World and Miss South Africa was almost exactly the same.

The viewership for Miss South Africa was 471,906 viewers when it aired on Mzansi Magic in August.

Just over 7,500 viewers more than Miss World's 464,189 viewers on SABC3.

Miss Universe, which aired on 1Magic on 9 December, must have had under 369,473 viewers because it's a no-show in DStv's Top 30.

What does it mean? Viewers aren't flocking to watch pageants on TV.

If you're unable to view either of the above document, here's an overview of the Top 5 titles:

Show Viewers
Uzalo 9,676,966
Generations: The Legacy 8,226,692
Skeem Saam 6,290,149
Zulu News 3,634,634
Xhosa News 3,517,304

Show Viewers
Muvhango 4,666,633
Behind the Scenes:SABC 2 Summer Campaign 3,827,439
7De Laan 1,821,548
Mopheme 1,797,492
Bone of My Bones 1,422,708

Show Viewers
Isidingo:the Need 780,561
Test Match Cricket:South Africa vs Engla 553,260
Safari Live 497,399
Miss World 2019 464,189
The Traffickers 456,731
Show Viewers
Scandal 4,746,430
Rhythm City 4,146,386
Imbewu: the Seed 3,958,637
The Expendables 3 3,276,356
The Expendables 2 2,625,280

Show Viewers
The Queen 1,265,214
Ifalakhe 986,668
Our Perfect Wedding 842,785
Isibaya 731,773
The River 622,126


22 Jan 2020 09:43

Timone edited on
1/22/2020 9:47 AM

Miss Universe was broadcast at something like 02h00 or 03h00 AM on a work day (due to the time zones), I think this should explain the low viewership.  Otherwise there was a huge interest on this particular pageant due to Zozi's popularity.

22 Jan 2020 09:53

Timone edited on
1/22/2020 9:57 AM

I see theres a slight drop to Skeem Saam .

I just checked the previous ratings, Skeem Saam has actually been on a steady decline for the past 5 months........

22 Jan 2020 10:48

TVSA Team edited on
1/22/2020 10:53 AM

>>Miss Universe was broadcast at something like 02h00 or 03h00 AM on a work day (due to the time zones), I think this should explain the low viewership. << 

Good point Timone. If they'd aired a delayed broadcast on Vuzu in the evening it would have made a ratings appearance. Maybe on 1Magic too but the channel's never made the Top 30 so unlikely.

The Vuzu rebroadcast happened almost a week later (on Sunday 15th at 20h00) and it was a no-show too because it was too long after.

It created a situation where the majority of people expressed their interest and watched through social media and the media instead of watching it on TV.

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