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Top Shows on TV: October 2020

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Primetime TV Viewing Figures on 10 Nov 2020
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These are the primetime adult television viewing figures for October 2020.

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

Special notes

Disrupting 18h30's Durban Gen swept into the 18h30 timeslot with surgical precision in its debut month, attracting 1,551, 450 viewers for its most popular episode on 21 October - almost the same viewership as SABC2's #3 show 7de Laan (1,611,692). 

And it appears to have lured Skeem Saam viewers. It's down by 800,000 viewers on last month.

Skeem Saam may need to visit Durban Gen for some repairs.

When shows should make the list but don't

These listings have the incorrect parameters yet again so it's clearly become the "new normal" now.

They're only supposed to reflect the viewership of Primetime shows between 17h30 and 22h00 but the Broadcast Research Council keeps including daytime shows.

This means there are primetime shows that aren't getting the recognition they should i.e. it looks as if they haven't made the Top 20 primetime list but they would have if the list was compiled according to the correct parameters.


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

Show Viewers
Uzalo 8, 801 675
Generations: The Legacy 7,594,621
Skeem Saam 5,915,898
Sgud'snaysi 4,121,4088
Xhosa News 3,831,784

Show Viewers
Muvhango 3,912,400
Lithapo 1,753,297
7de Laan 1,611,692
Nuus 1,386,010
Vutha 1,380,530

Show Viewers
Dynasties 1,025,654
International Friendly:South Africa vs N 766,680
Knight Rider 448,514
Ama Knows Best 443,455
Mela 435,715
Show Viewers
Scandal 5,104,684
Rhythm City 4,043,534
Imbewu 3,573,606
Mad Buddies 3,174,330
Skyscraper (Mov) 2,765,996

Show Viewers
The Queen 1,469,577
Gomora 1,365,779
Idols SA 1,183,035
The Powerball Draw 1,114,239
You Promised to Marry Me 1,044,489

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

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

1 Comment

12 Nov 2020 07:45

consistent is key we will how Durban Gen do after 3 months. I am little bit worried about Muvhango even though I don't watch it

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