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Top Shows on TV: December 2020

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Primetime TV Viewing Figures on 12 Jan 2021
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These are the primetime adult television viewing figures for December 2020.

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

Someone call an ambulance!

South Africa's top shows regularly lose viewership over the December holidays but Skeem Saam's drop is unprecedented.

It lost its position as the country's No.3 show to Scandal! for the first time since it first toppled Scandal! in September 2014 after it was extended from a weekly drama to a daily show.

It's found itself at No. 4 since then, when it went to war with Muvhango in November 2015. The two battled it out for the position through 2016 but Skeem Saam bounced back and it's owned No. 3 since early 2017.

We can only conclude that this latest turn of events is for two reasons: 

1. The continued impact of Durban Gen, which attracted an Audience Share of 17.5% in December. This means that 17.5% of people who were watching TV at 18h30 on the day were tuned into Durban Gen.

Skeem Saam's Audience Share was 41.3% whereas it was 57.7% in September before Durban Gen started, a decline of 16.4%.

2. The distracted youth over the holidays who were given some freedom after a year of lockdown and intense stress. Could be that Skeem Saam's youthful audience were too busy starring in holiday soapies of their own instead of watching TV.

January will reveal whether this was a factor or not.

The Top 10 soapies in South Africa as at December 2020
Uzalo 8,041,490
Generations: The Legacy 6,858,031
Scandal! 4,698,809
Skeem Saam 4,408,258
Rhythm City 3,744,228
Imbewu 3,724,787
Muvhango 3,695,208
Lithapo (Finale episode!) 1,757,304
7De Laan 1,440,289
Gomora 1,340,306

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

Show Viewers
Uzalo 8,041,490
Generations: The Legacy 6,858,031
Skeem Saam 4,408,258
Sgud'snaysi 3,638,770
Xhosa News 3,358,534

Show Viewers
Muvhango 3,695,208
Ses/Tsw/Sep News 3,543,116
Music 2,900,912
Lithapo 1,757,304
Chicken Run 1,579,081

Show Viewers
Earth's Great Seasons 596,656
News 586,381
Bundesliga Fc Bayern Munchen vs Rb Leipz 491,769
Amazon:the Lost World 486,281
Betway Test Series:South Africa vs Sri L 484,457
Show Viewers
Scandal 4,698,809
Rhythm City 3,744, 228
Imbewu 3,724,787
The Tuxedo 2,859,277
Johnny English 2,675,022

Show Viewers
Gomora 1,340,306
The Queen 1,300,610
Idols SA 1,207,074
Uthando Nesthembu 899,049
Our Perfect Wedding 897,619

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


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