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Top Shows on TV: November 2021

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Primetime TV Viewing Figures on 12 Jan 2022
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Please note: We didn't publish these November viewing figures last year because the Broadcast Research Council didn't release them. They've only just released them now.

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

Special notes

20h00 Real Estate

Talk about a turbo charge! The Estate elbowed out Skeem Saam to become SABC1's No. 3 show for the first time since it premiered on the channel in September last year. 

This viewership increase happened for an episode that aired in the Generations timeslot at 20h00 on Monday 1 November.

SABC1's prgramming was pushed later by half an hour because of the channel's elections coverage earlier in the day.

The impact: The Estate's viewership almost doubled, increasing from 2,305,292 viewers in October (in its regular timeslot of 19h30), to a hardcore 4,239,963 viewers in November - an increase of 84%.

Viewership normalised in December where it only aired in its regular timeslot.

On S3, The Estate Omnibus took the channel's No. 1 position for the first time, although viewership declined from its record ratings on the channel last month, decreasing from 625,717 viewers in October to 597,534 viewers in November. 

Volume turned down on Idols

The Idols 17 ratings continued the season's low note throughout November to the extent that the penultimate episode attracted more viewers than the actual finale.

The penultimate episode was watched by 753,367 viewers and last year's finale attracted 1,207,074 viewers, a 38% decrease of 453,707 viewers. 

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

Show Viewers
Uzalo 6,990,052
Generations: The Legacy 5,777,935
The Estate 4,239,963
Skeem Saam 4,006,840
Xhosa News 2,676,650

Show Viewers
Muvhango 3,553,242
President Addresses the Nation 3,096,269
Giyani 1,284,449
Crown Gospel Awards -R 1,042,436
7De Laan 1,013,268

Show Viewers
The Estate-O 597,534
Boteti 495,395
News 462,216
Incredible Fish 461,773
Abduction 460,583
Show Viewers
Scandal 4,791,668
House of Zwide 3,973,354
Imbewu 3,492,315
South Africa Tonight:Presidential Addres 2,602,608
Fast & Furious:Hobbs & Shaw 2,409,633

Show Viewers
Gomora 1,137,257
Umkhokha 967,947
The Queen 937,529
Isencane Lengane 857,845
Idols SA 753,367

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, Mzansi Wethu


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