Most-watched TV shows in South Africa revealed by the BRCSA

The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) has released its television audience measurements for March 2021 which showed that Uzalo and Generations: The Legacy remained the most-watched TV shows in South Africa.

This data from the BRCSA includes viewer numbers for the most-watched TV shows and other programming on SABC 1, SABC 2, SABC 3, eTV, and DStv.

The top 5 airings overall remained largely unchanged from the previous month, with the exception of an Afrikaans news bulletin on SABC 2 that slipped into the fifth spot.

SABC 1 drama Uzalo once again claimed the number 1 spot, with around 8.15 million viewers in its most-watched episode for the month.

This was higher than its previous peak of 8.05 million viewers in February.

It was followed by an episode of Generations: The Legacy with about 6.46 million viewers, also broadcasted on SABC 1.

Etv soap Scandal rounded out the top three, with over 5.22 million viewers in its most-watched episode, claiming the title of third most-watched title.

Big jump for SABC 3

While it did not come close to contending at the top, SABC 3 scored a large number of viewers for broadcasting the Afcon qualifying game played between South Africa and Ghana.

The 1.56 million viewers who tuned in for the game were more than double the peak viewership the channel had during its top performing airing in March – a broadcast of the nature documentary Desert Megapride.

In the Pay-TV space, DStv’s Mzansi Magic channel once again dominated, claiming the top 6 airings on the service.

M-Net original TV series Gomora took the crown from telenovela The Queen, both of which are aired on Mzansi Magic.

Notably, however, peak viewerships for both were down when compared to February.

The table below shows the most-watched TV shows and programming in South Africa by peak viewers.

Most-Watched TV Shows
Channel Show Peak Viewers
Top 5 overall
SABC 1 Uzalo 8,149,339
SABC 1 Generations: The Legacy 6,458,301
Etv Scandal 5,227,471
SABC 1 Skeem Saam 4,833,884
SABC 2 Nuus (Afrikaans news) 4,381,597
Top 3 per channel
SABC 1 Uzalo 8,149,339
Generations: The Legacy 6,458,301
Skeem Saam 4,833,884
SABC 2 Nuus (Afrikaans News) 4,381,597
Muvhango 4,275,012
Live Lotto Draw 1,964,155
SABC 3 Afcon Qualifiers South Africa vs Ghana 1,557,299
Soccer Wrap 725,442
Animal Babies 690,398
Etv Scandal 5,227,471
Imbewu 3,925,101
Rhythm City 3,863,641
DStv Gomora 1,493,715
The Queen 1,406,603
Powerball 1,353,476

Embedded below are the full lists of most-watched episodes and programmes on each channel or broadcaster.

SABC 1


SABC 2


SABC 3


eTV


DStv


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