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Top Shows on TV: July 2021

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Primetime TV Viewing Figures on 13 Aug 2021
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These are the primetime adult television viewing figures for July 2021.

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

Special notes

At 19h00

The most watched episode of House of Zwide for the month was the series premiere on Monday 19 July, which attracted 4,241,023 viewers and a 35.5% audience share.

This means that 35.5% of people who were watching TV at the time were tuned in.

First impressions suggest that The Estate paid the price for this because its primetime viewership dropped by a whopping 28.6% between June and July and it's also on at 19h00, on S3.

Primetime viewership dropped from 492,127 to 351,390 viewers between June and July.  Audience share also dropped from 3.7 to 2.9. 

BUT this happened on Friday 2 July, two weeks before House of Zwide started so it wasn't caused by its arrival.

As you'll see, the daytime repeats of The Estate are doing better than primetime episodes and the Saturday Omnibus is in S3's Top 5 shows.

Numbers for this increased from 475,009 viewers in June to 503,193 in July, indicating viewers are preferring to watch it at this time as binge viewing.

Omnibus numbers have remained between 475,000 and 530,000 since it premiered in April this year.

Cheers! *Hic*

The Presidential Address that topped SABC2 was the announcement of the return to an adjusted Level 3, starring alcohol.

Gomora and The Queen

Big increase from June for both shows this month: 355,025 for Gomora and 273,207 for The Queen, with Audience Share increases for both too.

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

Show Viewers
Uzalo 7,776,154
Generations: The Legacy 6,404,226
Skeem Saam 5,911,857
Zulu News 4,686,483
Xhosa News 4,495,773

Show Viewers
President Addresses the Nation 5,840,203
Muvhango 4,364,992
President`s Address About Looting 4,171,470
Music 4,073,689
Presidents Address Response to Public Vi 3,703,165

Show Viewers
Seven Worlds One Planet 769,858
News 766,334
Wild Orphans Rescue 542,785
The Greatest Dancer 512,416
The Estate-O 503,193
Show Viewers
Scandal 5,232,729
House of Zwide 4,241,023
Imbewu 3,897,923
Ican with Absa Drive 3,813,244
Rhythm City 3,666,025

Show Viewers
Gomora 1,624,270
The Queen 1,300,065
Uyajola 9/9 1,213,250
Idols SA 1,018,607
The River 989,212

Please note: these ratings don't include viewership from DStv Catch Up, YouTube, Viu or eVOD. They only reflect the viewership of people who watched on the day, 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, Moja Love


13 Aug 2021 13:07

Just out of interest when will the industry body give us comprehensive TV viewing figures. I mean inclusive of channels on StarSat, Open View and maybe a comparisim between the commuty tv channels especially since they are available in the different satellite services. Im not sure if maybe TVSA cant also ask sentech for the current DTT figures. 

13 Aug 2021 15:33

#TheEstate will be canned soon. Wrong channel 

15 Aug 2021 13:32

#TheEstate not doing soo good. I blame the channel thou. Its on the wrong channel.

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