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Top Shows on TV: November 2023

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Primetime TV Viewing Figures on 08 Dec 2023
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These are the primetime adult television viewing figures for November 2023.

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

Special notes

Viewers were subjected to loadshedding ranging from Stage 1 to Stage 6 this month.

Top of the Pops

Seeings as these are the final TAMS of the year*, we thought it would be interesting to list the Most Watched Shows of headline genres.

Like so:

Top 3 Dramas: 
Show Channel Viewership Notes
uMbali 1,956,841 Streamed on eVOD in 2022.
Mokgonyana Mmatswale SABC2 713,914 A repeat of a repeat of a repeat.
Icala Mzansi Magic 594,407 Best described as a comedy-drama?

Top 3 Reality Shows:
Show Channel Viewership Notes
The Gumbis 2 SABC1 1,624,449 Uthando Nes'thembu light.
Lucky Gumbi only wants a third wife in contrast with Musa Mseleku who wants five.
Uyajola 9/9 Moja Love 736,067 The show that refuses to die.
X-Repo Moja 
689,528 eXes repossess their belongings from those who've appropriated them. 

Top 3 Comedy Shows: 

Prepare to cry instead of laugh...
Show Channel Viewership Notes
Kwakhala Nyonini SABC1 1,387,756 A repeat of repeat of a repeat.

The moral of the story: There's a serious comedy crisis on South African TV! Too many shows with too much violence, and no laughter ringing out instead.

*December will only be available in January 2024.

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

Show Viewers
Uzalo 5,253,600
Generations: The Legacy 4,161,429
Skeem Saam 3,735,612
Xhosa News 2,468,591
Dstv Premiership Kaizer Chiefs vs Orland 2,435,383

Show Viewers
Muvhango 1,288,062
7De Laan 901,668
Giyani 779,708
Mokgonyana Mmatswale 713,914
Ses/Tsw/Sep News 640,775

Show Viewers
The Tourist 369,357
Icc Cricket World Cup India 2023: Austra 365,876
Premier League 2023/24 Manchester United 365,221
News 354,376
African Football League:Al Ahly vs Mamel 344,968
Show Viewers
Scandal 4,911,248
House of Zwide 4,384,322
Isitha - the Enemy 3,559,445
Smoke and Mirrors 2,983,994
The Powerball Draw 2,421,316

Show Viewers
Umkhokha:the Curse 896,515
Gqeberha: the Empire 829,256
The River 766,623
Uyajola 9/9 736,067
X-Repo 736,067

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, Mzansi Wethu, Moja Love


10 Dec 2023 16:58

I also miss good comedy

11 Dec 2023 17:19

Scandal is n ow the second most watched soap opera. WOOWEST

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