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Top Shows on TV: April 2021

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

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

Here's an overview of the ratings for the blitz of new South African shows that debuted in April in case you can't see the document above:
Show Channel Viewership
uBettina Wethu SABC1 2,540,531
Shay'iround SABC1 2,500,032
Aksi'Spaza SABC2 893,506
Die Sentrum SABC2 854,603
DiepCity Mzansi Magic 779,806
Abazali Mzansi Wethu 724,661
The Station Mzansi Magic 587,986
The Estate - Omnibus* S3 529 123
Becoming Mzansi Magic 459,362

Special notes

*The SABC3 document is a mess this month and completely undermines the channel in terms of accurately representing what's happening during Primetime. 

These Broadcast Research Council documents are supposed to reflect viewership for shows between 17h30 and 22h00 but, as you can see, there are seven shows that don't fall into these times. Almost half the document doesn't fall into the proper parametres!

This means that seven shows (including the daytime cricket matches) are taking the place of seven Primetime shows that should be on the list instead.

The result: Primetime viewership for The Estate hasn't been included.

We can therefore only assume that primetime epsiodes of The Estate are attracting between 1 and 399,506 viewers i.e. fewer than the last show on the list.

What this reveals is that the omnibus has a substantially larger viewership than the primetime episodes, indicating that viewers are becoming less prescriptive about the times they watch shows, especially if they clash with other shows that they're watching on weeknights. 

It also indicates that people are embracing binge watching more and more.

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

Show Viewers
Uzalo 8,237,563
Generations: The Legacy 6,490,552
Skeem Saam 4,776,360
Xhosa News 3,600,343
Zulu News 3,542,430

Show Viewers
Muvhango 4,304,240
Live Lotto Draw 1,870,889
Tholwana Tsa Sethepu* 1 338 527
7de Laan 1,299,051
Mamello 1,107,274

*It's unclear what show aired in third position on Friday 23 April from 20h00 to 21h00.

The SABC2 document says one show aired but two air in the timeslot: the Setswana/Sesotho/Sepedi News and Relate 4. The document doesn't make sense of this so we've left it out.

Show Viewers
Black Panther 783,061
Avengers:Infinity War 683,249
Emirates Fa Cup Chelsea vs Manchester Ci 651,979
Kfc T20 International:South Africa vs Pa 553,564
Ant Man and the Wasp 549,460
Show Viewers
Scandal 4,799,833
Rhythm City 4,048,965
Imbewu 3,664,872
Big Momma's House 2 3,227,485
Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son 2,845,961

Show Viewers
Gomora 1,335,466
The Queen 1,077,003
The River 930,079
Our Perfect Wedding 920,357
Isibaya 844,410

Please note: these ratings don't include viewership from DStv Catch Up, YouTube or Viu. They only reflect the viewership of people who watched on the night, at the time of broadcast.

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


19 May 2021 02:24

I definitely did not expect such huge numbers for shayi round, u Bettina Wethu is wonderful really. @tvsa what do I need to do to enter survivor for 2022?

19 May 2021 11:40

Hi Robyn - good to hear you want to enter. Would be rad to have a TVSA member on the show. 

There's no word on whether it's been renewed for next year yet but we'll keep you posted on how to audition as soon as there's word on what's happening. 

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