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Top Shows on TV: March 2021

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

If you can't see the listing below, then click this link to access them in a document instead: Top Shows on TV: March 2021.

Special notes


1Magic's Lingashoni (on Compact Plus and Premium) and M-Net's Love Island South Africa (on Premium) were extended to Compact subscribers towards the end of March but neither made it to the Top 30 list on DStv despite access to additional viewers.

This is in stark contrast to the heady heights achieved by Gomora, eHostela and The Queen when they were extended from Compact to Family and Access viewers in January.

This means that:

1. Compact viewers aren't interested in watching a few episodes of a show they can't see on a regular basis.

2. They weren't interested enough in either show to tune in.

3. They don't want to be manipulated into upsizing their DStv package.

4. They didn't know these shows were available to them over this time.

5. All of the above.

6. Your take?

Lingashoni was available to Compact viewers from its premiere on 22 March until 28 March and Love Island from 26 to 28 March.

SS Grandstand and ESPN2 were also available to Compact over this time.

And now for the news

The Xhosa news bulletin on SABC1 on 30 March which attracted 3 823 686 viewers... this was Noxolo Grootboom's swansong.


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

Show Viewers
Uzalo 8,149,339
Generations: The Legacy 6,458,301
Skeem Saam 4,833,884
Xhosa News 3,823,686
Zulu News 3,716,000

Show Viewers
Nuus 4,381.597
Muvhango 4,275,012
Live Lotto Draw 1,964,155
The Karate Kid 1,437,214
Mamello 1,321,292

Show Viewers
Afcon 2021 Qualifiers South Africa vs Gh 1,557,299
Soccer wrap 725,442
Animal Babies 690,398
Hippos After Dark 570,090
Emirates Fa Cup Everton vs Manchester Ci 565,082
Show Viewers
Scandal 5,227,471
Imbewu 3,925,101
Rhythm City 3,863,641
Tomb Raider 2,466,026
Durban Gen 2,441,636

Show Viewers
Gomora 1,225,254
The Queen (Dram) 1,146,816
Powerball 1,094,509
Isibaya 953,075
The River (Drama) 856 081

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

Shows in this post: Lingashoni, Love Island South Africa

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

1 Comment

Mandisa N
12 Apr 2021 14:11

Lingashoni was available for only 4 days only were as Gomora was longer and many people were on lockdown and could watch, if lingashoni was also available to Access subscribers it would have been different, but I don't think the is doing bad or is it?

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