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Top Shows on TV: September 2020

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Primetime TV Viewing Figures on 08 Oct 2020
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These are the primetime adult television viewing figures for September 2020.

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


Scandal! puts foot to the pedal

Disruption avoided. Last month Imbewu was snapping at the heals of Scandal! and looked to set to become's No. 1 show this month but that didn't happen by a long shot this month.

A half hour flik does the trick 

SABC1's 19h30 Wednesday night NFVF films are making a strong showing, with three of the month's five films in the Top 20.

You'd probably find that a fourth would have made it if the BRC didn't erroneously include the Uzalo and Skeem Saam morning repeats, thereby taking up two valuable slots.
Film Date Viewership
Grey Matter 9 September 2020 2,593,860
Moshidi's Child 23 September 2020 2,991,247
Pretty's Daughter  30 September 2020 3,028,545

If you were the SABC1's Commissioning Editor, would you order more?

Fo' sho.

Daytime mistakes reveal daytime intel

These TAMS have the incorrect parameters again this month, showing daytime programming when they're only supposed show Primetime shows between 17h30 to 22h30.

Yet again it shows the high viewership numbers of daytime TV and we can see the viewership for SABC2's breakfast show Morning Live for the first time in a long time.

Its highest episode for the month attracted 672,423 viewers.

What does this mean?

Just over a quarter of the people who watched TV between 06h00 and 08h00 that morning watched Morning Live.

It has an Audience Share of 26.8, which means that approximately 2.6-million South Africans watch TV between those times overall, across channels.

If you can't see the documents above, here's an overview of the Top 5 shows per channel/broadcaster:

Show Viewers
Uzalo 8,941,556
Generations: The Legacy 7,501,221
Skeem Saam 6,728,015
Sgudi Snaysi 4,680,778
Xhosa News 4,449,139

Show Viewers
Muvhango 3,885,070
President Ramaphosa's Address to the Nat 2,267,624
Lithapo 1,677,056
7De Laan 1,605,770
Fokus 1,374,772

Show Viewers
Absa Premiership Polokwane City vs Mamel 810,424
March of the Elephants 801,162
Dynasties:Making of 764,203
Blood River Crossing 749,398
Wildebeeste: Born to Run 707,602
Show Viewers
Scandal 4,718,764
Rhythm City 3,890,600
Imbewu 3,688,674
Mechanic II 2,996,757
The Fate of the Furious 2,821,913

Show Viewers
Gomora 1,145,095
The Queen 1,108,051
The Powerball Draw 938,456
Idols SA 900,614
You Promised to Marry Me 887,726


For an explanation of the TAMS, please see: The TAMS Ratings Explained.

Channels in this post: SABC1, SABC2, SABC3,, Mzansi Magic, Mzansi Wethu, Moja Love


08 Oct 2020 17:10

I really thought Imbewu was going to pimp Scandal for the top spot especially since they had Khuzani appearance...... Isibaya is the new Isidingo

Clyde N
09 Oct 2020 10:08

Imbewu is gone, there is nothing to watch there anymore since they decided to kill Ngcolosi and Pranav. Khuzani's performance only lasted less than 5 minutes...

09 Oct 2020 14:03

The writers can still come up with something especially if they shifts the focus to the Rampersad family

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