According to media reports, South Africa’s television industry may have shed over 4.2 million viewers as of May 2022.
The country’s most-watched shows during prime time on SABC1, SABC2, e.tv, as well as MultiChoice’s DStv were damaged by tremendous viewership drop during May as Eskom continued cutting electricity.
Popular shows like Uzalo and Generations on SABC1 plunged by a combined 1.6 million viewers during May.
Uzalo lost over 687 950 viewers, dropping from 6.4 million in April to 5.7 million viewers.
Generations – The Legacy shed almost a million viewers: 928 965, from 5.56 million to 4.63 million viewers in May.
SABC2’s most-watched show, Muvhango, lost over 876 721 viewers, plunging from 3.28 million to 2.4 million in May.
e.TV’s most-watched shows also took a beating: Scandal dropped by 454 506 viewers from 5.27 million to 4.82 million viewers, while House of Zwide shed 69 030 viewers from 4.58 million to 4.52 million viewers.
e.TV’s Imbewu and new local telenovela The Black Door brought further bad TV ratings for the channel, with Imbewu dropping 531 656 viewers, falling from 2.86 million to 2.32 million viewers, and The Black Door dropping 217 964 viewers from 2.44 million to 2.23 million viewers.
Struggling SABC3 turned in its second-worst rating in May, with the highest views being 518 197 for an episode of the BBC’s Serengeti natural history series.
DStv’s Mzansi Magic channel saw Gomora losing 150 368 viewers, from 1.27 million to 1.12 million, while The Queen shed 325 234 viewers from 1 077 302 to 752 068.
The Afrikaans weekday soap 7de Laan aired on SABC2 showed significant progress during June, up from a low 897 739 viewers to over 1 million viewers in May.
Morning Live on SABC2 also remained buoyant, improving from 482 301 to 492 423 viewers in May.