Top Five Of Mzansi’s Top Watched Soapies
The Broadcast Research Council has released the latest viewership statistics which reveal that SABC1’s top soapie Uzalo harvests the most watches in the country. With 9.6 million viewers, the Zulu drama has had a confidence on the local audience since 2016 when it exceeded the 5 million mark and go beyond Generation The Legacy as the most-watched soapie.
Here Are The Top Five Soapies In SA
Based in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Uzalo has caught some of the top acting awards. At the 2019 South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas), it bagged the best soapie, best actress for Thandeka Dawn King and the best actor for Khaya Dladla. It also took home accolades for best editing, wardrobe and sound production. The soapie has a daily audience of 9.6 million.
- Generations The Legacy
In second place is Generations The Legacy, also broadcast on SABC 1 with a daily audience of 8.2m. The rephrased soapie has been covering behind Uzalo for the past four years. However, it is hugely popular and has some of the most recognizable faces in the film industry, such as Vusi Kunene and Manaka Ranaka, the year ahead will determine if it can repossess its prime position.
- Skeem Saam and Scandal
Youth drama Skeem Saam is still a favorite at 6.2 million viewers. It is followed by e.tv’s Scandal which has reinstated Villian Masasa Mbangeni as Thembeka Shezi. The Safta-winning actress is already on screens and may draw more viewers in with her exciting tricks. Scandal stands at an impressive 4.7 million viewers.
Rounding out the top five is SABC2’s Muvhango which, together with Scandal, has disrupted SABC1’s clean swing of the top five soapies. The Venda story has 4.4 million people tuning in every day.
The show has been holding its own for over 23 years and regardless of not winning any major television or film awards for the past ten years, it is still a major favorite among fans.
- Isibaya and The Queen
Interestingly Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya, easily the most draped telenovela in South Africa since its beginning in 2013, is struggling to gain market share as it has a viewership of 731 000. Isibaya took home the best supporting actor and actress gongs for Gcina Mkhize and Abdul Khoza at the Saftas
Ferguson Films-produced The Queen has managed to translate the popularity it enjoys online as it can often be found on the trending lists into real-time numbers as 1.2m members of the public watch it every day.