The most watched television programs in South Africa were published by the BRCSA

The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) has published its TV 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 contains viewer numbers for the most watched television programs and other programs on SABC 1, SABC 2, SABC 3, eTV and DStv.

The top 5 programs remained largely unchanged from the previous month, with the exception of an Afrikaans news bulletin on SABC 2, which slipped to fifth place.

The SABC 1 drama Uzalo again took first place with around 8.15 million viewers in its most-watched episode of the month.

This was higher than the previous high of 8.05 million viewers in February.

This was followed by a series of Generations: The Legacy with approximately 6.46 million viewers, which was also broadcast on SABC 1.

Etv Soap Scandal rounded off the top three with over 5.22 million viewers in its most watched episode and claimed the title of the third most popular title.

Big leap for SABC 3

While nowhere near the top, SABC 3 garnered a large number of viewers for the broadcast of the Afcon qualifier between South Africa and Ghana.

The 1.56 million viewers who had tuned in to the game were more than double the number of viewers the station had when it aired in March – a broadcast of the nature documentary Desert Megapride.

In the pay-TV sector, the Mzansi Magic channel from DStv dominated again and occupied the top 6 broadcast of the service.

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

Remarkably, however, peak visitor numbers for both were down compared to February.

The table below shows the most watched TV shows and programs in South Africa by top viewers.

Most viewed TV shows
channel show Peak Viewer

Top 5 overall

SABC 1 birth 8,149,339
SABC 1 Generations: the legacy 6,458,301
Etv scandal 5,227,471
SABC 1 Skeem together 4,833,884
SABC 2 News (Afrikaans News) 4,381,597

Top 3 per channel

SABC 1 birth 8,149,339
Generations: the legacy 6,458,301
Skeem together 4,833,884
SABC 2 News (Afrikaans News) 4,381,597
In a hurry 4,275,012
Live Lotto Draw 1,964,155
SABC 3 Afcon Qualifiers South Africa versus Ghana 1,557,299
Soccer wrap 725,442
Baby animals 690,398
Etv scandal 5,227,471
seed 3,925,101
Rhythm City 3,863,641
DStv Gomorrah 1,493,715
The Queen 1,406,603
Powerball 1,353,476

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






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