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Top Shows on TV: December 2021

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Primetime TV Viewing Figures on 12 Jan 2022
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These are the primetime adult television viewing figures for December 2021.

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

Special notes

It's a singing show, not comedy

SABC2's Sunday night singing competition Stand Up South Africa made the channel's Top 20 list for the first time with its finale on Sunday 5 December.

It had a daytime behind-the-scenes component which appeared in the Top 20 in September but this is the first time the Sunday night show appeared.

The series was won by Capetonian mother and son duo Bianca and Branden MacMaster and should have had a different name because it sounds like it's a comedy show.

In our opinion it would have been on the Top 20 list sooner if it was clear what the show was, especially considering the dwindling interest in Idols.

The two shows clashed for half an hour so viewers might have channel hopped if they were bored with Idols and if the concept of the show was clearer from the name.

Ultimately though, it should also have aired at a different time to give it the best shot possible.

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

Show Viewers
Uzalo 6,855,580
Generations: The Legacy 5,482,880
Skeem Saam 3,699,278
Zulu News 2,562,733
Xhosa News 2,393,709

Show Viewers
Muvhango 3,672,139
Giyani 1,245,658
Ditlabonyane Ke Ditlaboima 974,151
7De Laan 969,883
Ke Nyala Mang 959,2668

Show Viewers
Born to Run (Doc) 491,171
Stuart Little 2 452,246
The Estate-O 451,960
What Men Want 431,338
Cricket Inbound Tour First Test:South Af 385,769
Show Viewers
Scandal 4,700,974
House of Zwide 3,760,890
Imbewu 3,643,262
White Chicks 2,567,146
The Expendables 3 2,305,806

Show Viewers
Gomora 1,106,123
The Queen 973,980
Umkhokha 800 704*
Isencane Lengane 738,739
The River 678,807

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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