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Top Shows on TV: May 2021

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Primetime TV Viewing Figures on 10 Jun 2021
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These are the primetime adult television viewing figures for May 2021.

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

Special notes

Yoh! The SAFTAs hit a critical low 

The ratings for the SAFTAs include the red carpet at 18h30, which led into the ceremony at 19h00 on Saturday 22 May.

It aired on both S3 and Mzansi Magic and was such a TV non-event that it didn't even make DStv's Top 30 list - when the majority of shows that won are on DStv!

It had a viewership of 508,267 on S3 and less than 425,360 on Mzansi Magic (the viewership of the last show on the DStv list), meaning the best case scenario is that it didn't even reach a million between the two channels.

This is a real low blow for an event about TV, and a substantial drop from the last time it was televised. 

It streamed online and didn't air on TV last year because of Covid, but it aired on SABC2 the year before with a viewership of 1,444,894.

Is it because people aren't interested in the SAFTAs?

Is it because it didn't air on SABC1 or 2? 

Are people tired of virtual events?

Skeem Saam ratings turbo-boosted by MaNtuli's dirty-secret shocker 

Skeem Saam catapulted back into the mid-5-millions after languishing in the 4-millions for months. It's up by a whopping 723,812 viewers since last month.

The storyline that did it: the revelation that Kwaito's real father is John Maputla, which makes Kwaito and Tbose biological brothers after all these years of being bromance buddies.

The storyline ramped up in the week of Monday 24 to Friday 28 May with the highest viewership on the 25th.

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

Show Viewers
Uzalo 8,047,254
Generations: The Legacy 6,559,974
Skeem Saam 5,500,172
Xhosa News 3,597,676
Zulu News 3,537,701

Show Viewers
Muvhango 4,134,974
7de Laan 1,328,633
Britain's Got Talent: The Champions 1,153,955
Kelebone 945,883*
Nuus 900,842

*We've put Kelebone as the fourth show because the Muvhango Omnibus listed in the Broadcast Research Council document isn't a primetime show and these documents are supposed to reflect primetime.

Show Viewers
Wild Metropolis 680,196
Emirates Fa Cup Chelsea vs Leiceister Ci 678,485
Sport Arena 648,065
Pirates of the Caribbean:the Curse of Th 630,834
News 629,152
Show Viewers
Scandal 4,942,858
Rhythm City 3,822,242
Ican with Absa Drive 3,801,261
Imbewu 3,699,382
The Fate of the Furious 2,893,217

Show Viewers
Gomora 1,333,102
The Queen 1,131,341
The River 911,936
The Powerball Draw 889,494
DiepCity 844,393

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.

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


12 Jun 2021 13:58

I'm happy to see DiepCity doing relatively well, it's really good. The Estate isn't that bad too with its numbers. UBettina Wethu prob needs publicity because I feel like not a lot of people are aware that it even plays. Lol I have nothing good to say about the SAFTAs shame, nothing. SABC 3??no soapie is in the top 5 

13 Jun 2021 20:58

Great news about Skeem Saam! The LehasaxPretty storyline should also increase the viewership. #Operation reclaim the glory

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