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Top Shows on TV: July 2023

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Primetime TV Viewing Figures on 16 Aug 2023
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These are the primetime adult television viewing figures for July 2023.

If you can't see the listing below, then click this link to access them in a document instead: Top Shows on TV: July 2023

Special notes

Viewers were subjected to loadshedding ranging from Stage 1 to Stage 6 this month, with a few moments of no loadshedding in between.

No 1 shows in trouble

See how Skeem Saam needs 381,342 more viewers for its most watched episode to outperform Uzalo and 7de Laan needs 191,554 more to outdo Muvhango. 

Will they do it?

Headed towards the EXIT door

This is the first time that Umkhokha: The Curse has exceeded cancelled Gomora since Umkhokha premiered as a telenovela in March this year.

Gqeberha: The Empire needs 21,229 more viewers to surpass Gomora too.

Gomora ends on 20 October this year.

Surprising no show

Interesting to note is that the premiere of Mzansi Wethu's new telenovela Sibongile & The Dlaminis didn't make the Top 30 on DStv. It started on 31 July. Loadshedding was at Stage 4 that night.

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

Show Viewers
Uzalo 5,388,373
Skeem Saam 5,007,032
Generations: The Legacy 4,169,443
Zulu News 2,511,006
Xhosa News 2,461,314

Show Viewers
Muvhango 1,481,264
7De Laan 1,289,711
Giyani 776,944
Nuus 678,786
Matlholadibona 642,871

Show Viewers
The Masked Singer SA 539,792
Die Hard 4 457,022
News 390,412
Dawn to Dusk 383,996
The Estate-O 349,885
Show Viewers
Scandal 5,036,317
House of Zwide 4,441,268
Isitha - the Enemy 2,745,925
Smoke and Mirrors 2,415,752
The Powerball Draw 2,019,154

Show Viewers
Shaka Ilembe 828,717
Sizok'thola 749,796
Umkhokha:the Curse 741,994
Gomora 721,545
Gqeberha:the Empire 700,317

Please note: these ratings don't include viewership from DStv Catch Up, YouTube, Viu, eVOD or SABC+. 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


Nhloso Shabalala
17 Aug 2023 23:52

Idols SA didn't make it despite having two channels and one of them is on an Access package. I expected a lot for a final season.

18 Aug 2023 10:30

Sbongile and the dlaminis is actually very nice. Pity the timeslot

18 Aug 2023 10:50

IdolsSA they sabotaged themselves by moving it to Saturdays just like OPW. They should have televised it on mzansi wethu on Sundays to attract more viewers. I'll only watch the live shows 

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