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Top Shows on TV: September 2021

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Primetime TV Viewing Figures on 19 Oct 2021
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These are the primetime adult television viewing figures for September 2021.

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


R = Repeat
O = Omnibus

Special notes

The Estate moves into SABC1

The reload of The Estate on SABC1 in September attracted 2,401,695 viewers for its most watched episode and the primetime broadcast of the show disappeared from S3's Top 20 list. 

The Saturday omnibus and a repeat on Thursday 30 September remained in the Top 20 but the 19h00 primetime edition is nowhere to be seen. It's been in S3's Top 20 since June 2021.

It was in 16th position on S3 with 300,738 viewers in August before it restarted on SABC1, suggesting that some S3 viewers are choosing to watch the primetime broadcast on SABC1 instead.

Because of the limitations of these lists we can't see what its September S3 viewership was. All we can conclude is that it was less than 291,793 viewers, the ratings for the last show on the list.

The SABC1 broadcast attracted 149,869 more viewers than uBettina Wethu when it was last seen on the channel's Top 20 list in the same 19h30 timeslot in June 2021.

Nominee announcement only

The viewership figures listed in the SABC1 ratings for the 2021 Royalty Soapie Awards was for the nominee announcement. The ceremony only aired on Saturday 2 October so will be in the October ratings.

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

Show Viewers
Uzalo 6,879,581
Generations: The Legacy 5,960,469
Skeem Saam 5,034,935
Zulu News 3,255,785
Carling Black Label Cup Kaizer Chiefs Vs 3,038,099

Show Viewers
Muvhango 3,696,060
Presidential Address 2,535,570
Live Lotto Draw 2,081,154
7De Laan 1,092,977
My Father My Hero 999,238

Show Viewers
Fwc Qatar 2022 Bafana Bafana vs Ghana 1,031,635
Con Air 673,524
Earth's Greatest Rivers 529,749
Face Off 521,149
Earth's Greatest Seasons 492,024
Show Viewers
Scandal 5,747,350
House of Zwide 4,436,548
Imbewu 3,839,841
Durban Gen 2,330,467
Family Feud South Africa 2,087,831

Show Viewers
Uyajola 9/9 1,580,680
Gomora 1,150,255
The Queen 1,020,632
Isencane Lengane 899,077
*Diep City 809,535
*The Queen is listed twice in the document so we've removed the second listing to be more representative.

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, Mzansi Wethu


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