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Top Shows on TV: March 2024

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Primetime TV Viewing Figures on 16 Apr 2024
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These are the primetime adult television viewing figures for March 2024.

If you can't see the listing below, then click this link to access them in a document instead: Top Shows on TV: March 2024

Special notes
Viewers were subjected to loadshedding ranging from Stage 1 to Stage 4 this month, with some moments of no loadshedding in between.

See Sibongile soar

Sibongile & The Dlaminis has officially taken the No.1 spot on DStv in a momentous way, outperforming Umkhokha by a whopping 539,835 viewers - over half a million. 

Also, it's almost doubled its audience share, shooting up from 8.9 to 15.9.

We haven't seen a show bulldoze its way up the ratings like this in forever. If ever.

It must be because Skeem Saam moved out of the 18h30 timeslot.

Skeem Saam's time change impact

Skeem Saam and Scandal! made it out alive despite the fact that they're now sharing the 19h30 timeslot and both experienced the inevitable decline we knew would happen.

However Scandal! was definitely hardest hit because of losing its long-running position as the No 1. show on

Skeem Saam sank from No.2 on SABC1 to No.3 but that's not as dramatic when it comes to a show's prestige on a channel.

Numbers-wise, Scandal! was hardest hit too. Here's a comparison of the most watched episode for both shows in February versus March:
Show February 2024 March 2024 Decline
Scandal! 4,433,177 3,755,361 677,816
Skeem Saam 4,044,187 3,971,460 72,727

It's interesting to note that their audience share tells a slightly different story in that Scandal! lost less audience share than Skeem Saam. 

*Audience share refers to the percentage of people who watched a show in relation to the total number of people watching TV countrywide at the time.

Ultimately though, their audience share used to be similar and it still is, but it's down for both:
Show February 2024 March 2024 Decline
Scandal! 40,1% 36,6% 3.5%
Skeem Saam 41,3% 35,8% 5.5%
In other words, Scandal! lost 3.5% of its audience share to Skeem Saam, which isn't too bad considering the circumstances.

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

Show Viewers
Uzalo 5,693,540
Generations the Legacy 4,627,086
Skeem Saam 3,971,460
Zulu News 2,638,910
Xhosa News 2,495,360

Show Viewers
Muvhango 1,390,500
Deal or No Deal 859,213
Ses/Tsw/Sep News 834,369
Kalushi 641,932
Catch a Fire 602,225

Show Viewers
America's Got Talent Extreme 469,082
International Friendly :Algeria vs South 443,433
News 416,263
The Bourne Identity 402,802
Premier League Nott'm Forest vs Liverpoo 398,233
Show Viewers
House of Zwide 4,257,535
Isitha - the Enemy 4,095,544
Scandal 3,755,361
Smoke and Mirrors 3,652,611
The Powerball Draw 2,928,159

Show Viewers
Sibongile & the Dlaminis 1,367,146
Umkhokha:the Curse 827,311
The River (Drama) 729,837
X-Repo 660,105
The Queen-R 658,906

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 Wethu, Mzansi Magic, Moja Love


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