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by SAARF & MarkLives (@marklives) SABC 1 TV drama Tempy Pushas jumped to second place on our Top 10 TV ranking during the week of 12 — 18 May 2014, our SAARF/MarkLives #Top40TVratings  national chart shows. Family Bonds leapt into third position after increasing its audience from 4 942 409 to 5 171 880. Shuga: Love, Sex, Money, broadcast as well on SABC 1, is also a new entry in our Top 10 ranking.

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This weekly roundup of South Africa’s TV audience viewership, a collaboration between the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF) and MarkLives, reveals the best-watched shows of the week before, where it ran and how many South Africans tuned in to watch.

We offer two tables, the first covering all households — free-to-air viewing (the various SABC channels and e.tv) as well as the DStv platform — and the second charting the best-watched shows on the DStv network of channels only.

SAARF/MarkLives #Top40TVratings Chart: 12 — 18 May 2014

Market Target Activity
National Total Indv (incl guests) Live + VOSDAL
Counter Description (grouped) Channel Level 1 Level 2\Variable (r) AMR % AMR SHR %
1 GENERATIONS SABC 1 Soap opera Local 23.5 10 076 992 70.33%
2 TEMPY PUSHAS SABC 1 Drama Drama 13.8 5 930 365 45.91%
3 FAMILY BONDS SABC 1 Drama Drama 12.1 5 171 880 38.85%
4 FRIENDS LIKE THESE SABC 1 Variety Variety 11.5 4 939 541 37.75%
5 SHUGA: LOVE.SEX.MONEY SABC 1 Variety Variety 11.4 4 899 530 36.26%
6 ZULU NEWS SABC 1 News News 11.3 4 859 698 34.54%
7 MUVHANGO SABC 2 Drama Drama 11.3 4 833 829 40.40%
8 WHEN WE WERE BLACK SABC 1 Drama Drama 11.2 4 813 447 36.92%
9 MY PERFECT FAMILY SABC 1 Sitcom Sitcom 11.2 4 800 157 35.44%
10 INTERSEXTIONS SABC 1 Drama Drama 11.1 4 778 286 35.63%
11 XHOSA NEWS SABC 1 News News 11.0 4 722 749 34.63%
12 ZAZIWA SABC 1 Variety Variety 10.7 4 585 555 33.48%
13 RHYTHM CITY e.tv Drama Drama 10.3 4 397 797 34.73%
14 THE KARATE KID e.tv Movies Drama 9.8 4 184 302 46.38%
15 SELIMATHUNZI SABC 1 Variety Variety 9.6 4 109 414 30.34%
16 SCANDAL e.tv Drama Drama 9.5 4 057 987 28.90%
17 THE PERFECT SISHEBO SHOW SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 8.9 3 814 154 28.82%
18 REAL GOBOZA SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 8.7 3 753 197 33.09%
19 POWERBALL SABC 2 Variety Variety 8.1 3 466 278 33.17%
20 LOTTO DRAW LIVE e.tv Competition Competition 7.9 3 395 108 32.86%
21 NYAN NYAN SABC 1 Reality Reality 7.4 3 194 586 29.76%
22 FAN BASE SABC 1 Music Music 7.1 3 051 007 28.92%
23 NEWS e.tv News News 6.7 2 871 935 21.34%
24 INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL e.tv Movies Action  /adventure 6.7 2 869 864 29.05%
25 ABSA PREMIERSHIP ORLANDO PIRATES VS BIDVEST WITS SABC 1 Sport Football (soccer) 6.5 2 768 067 30.87%
26 DI WELE MAKGOLELA SABC 2 Variety Variety 6.2 2 675 620 26.59%
27 NEWS HEADLINES SABC 1 News News 6.0 2 590 610 19.57%
28 PSL AWARDS 2014 SABC 1 Variety Variety 6.0 2 552 688 28.44%
29 SPEAK OUT SABC 2 Actuality Actuality 5.8 2 471 189 27.74%
30 7DE LAAN SABC 2 Soap opera Local 5.8 2 469 396 19.52%
31 KHUMBUL’ EKHAYA SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 5.7 2 448 681 22.97%
32 TROPICA ISLAND OF TREASURE SABC 1 Reality Reality 5.7 2 436 113 22.37%
33 GENERATIONS RETRO SABC 1 Soap opera Local 5.6 2 405 043 19.06%
34 FREEDOM IS NOT FREE SABC 1 Documentary Documentary 5.6 2 382 320 20.40%
35 MUVHANGO -R SABC 1 Drama Drama 5.5 2 364 858 51.16%
36 SA’S KITCHEN QUEENS e.tv Reality Reality 5.5 2 338 432 19.36%
37 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL SABC 3 Soap opera International 5.3 2 261 178 21.23%
38 VERIMARK THE RENOVATOR e.tv Advertisement Advertisement 5.2 2 248 642 26.89%
39 MUVHANGO -R SABC 2 Drama Drama 5.2 2 231 590 33.38%
40 THE LINK (MAGA) SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 5.1 2 173 553 21.00%

DStv platform only

Market Target Activity
DStv Total Indv (incl guests) Live + VOSDAL
Counter Description (grouped) Channel Level 1 Level 2\Variable (r) AMR % AMR SHR %
1 GENERATIONS SABC 1 Soap opera Local 16.6 2 239 697 49.58%
2 MUVHANGO SABC 2 Drama Drama 8.6 1 156 140 29.36%
3 ISIBAYA Mzansi Magic Variety Variety 8.2 1 102 485 25.69%
4 RHYTHM CITY e.tv Drama Drama 7.1 958 245 22.90%
5 SCANDAL e.tv Drama Drama 6.1 825 843 18.59%
6 XHOSA NEWS SABC 1 News News 5.9 792 970 18.20%
7 POWERBALL SABC 2 Variety Variety 5.6 756 003 21.26%
8 ZULU NEWS SABC 1 News News 5.6 755 246 16.85%
9 SPEAK OUT SABC 2 Actuality Actuality 5.5 744 415 23.59%
10 THE KARATE KID e.tv Movies Drama 4.9 662 294 21.52%
11 NEWS e.tv News News 4.8 648 450 14.74%
12 7DE LAAN SABC 2 Soap opera Local 4.6 623 537 14.91%
13 MY PERFECT FAMILY SABC 1 Sitcom Sitcom 4.5 602 662 13.58%
14 FAMILY BONDS SABC 1 Drama Drama 4.4 595 758 14.12%
15 LOTTO DRAW LIVE e.tv Competition Competition 4.3 578 864 16.84%
16 TEMPY PUSHAS SABC 1 Drama Drama 4.3 576 950 13.62%
17 FRIENDS LIKE THESE SABC 1 Variety Variety 4.1 559 520 12.76%
18 SELIMATHUNZI SABC 1 Variety Variety 3.7 493 493 11.16%
19 WHEN WE WERE BLACK SABC 1 Drama Drama 3.5 478 859 11.35%
20 ZAZIWA SABC 1 Variety Variety 3.4 463 321 10.47%
21 PSL AWARDS 2014 SABC 1 Variety Variety 3.3 446 460 14.16%
22 THOLA SABC 2 Drama Drama 3.3 441 219 15.37%
23 THE PERFECT SISHEBO SHOW SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 3.2 435 422 9.94%
24 TRANSPORTER 2 Mzansi Magic Movies Action /adventure 3.2 429 587 12.59%
25 KHUMBUL’ EKHAYA SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 3.1 419 718 11.67%
26 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL SABC 3 Soap opera International 3.1 418 958 11.31%
27 MUVHANGO -R SABC 1 Drama Drama 3.1 413 603 26.47%
28 SHUGA: LOVE.SEX.MONEY SABC 1 Variety Variety 3.1 412 471 9.33%
29 INTERSEXTIONS SABC 1 Drama Drama 3.0 408 733 9.47%
30 NYAN NYAN SABC 1 Reality Reality 3.0 406 431 11.07%
31 GENERATIONS -R SABC 1 Soap opera Local 3.0 404 390 28.03%
32 NUUS SABC 2 News News 3.0 402 587 9.33%
33 DI WELE MAKGOLELA SABC 2 Variety Variety 2.9 391 864 11.87%
34 OUR PERFECT WEDDING (MAG) Mzansi Magic Magazine Magazine 2.9 389 399 8.90%
35 REAL GOBOZA SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 2.8 380 987 9.85%
36 NOOT VIR NOOT SABC 2 Music Music 2.7 367 869 8.41%
37 VODACOM SUPER RUGBY 2014 STOMERS VS WESTERN FORCE SuperSport 1 Sport Rugby (all) 2.7 366 609 9.85%
38 STOKVEL SABC 2 Sitcom Sitcom 2.7 362 708 11.78%
39 CLASH OF THE CHOIRS SOUTH AFRICA Mzansi Magic Music Music 2.5 339 695 7.94%
40 INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL e.tv Movies Action /adventure 2.5 336 991 9.79%

How to read the tables:

AMR% refers to the number of people in a target market who were watching an event ie programme, expressed as a percentage of the population for that demographic: “On average, 16.3% of adults aged 15+ who watched TV from 28 Jan-3 Feb 2014 watched Society on SABC 1”.

AMR is the number of people in a target market watching a specific event ie programme per minute, expressed in absolute figures: “On average, 1, 541, 066 adults aged 15+ who watched TV from from28 Jan-3 Feb 2014 watched Society on SABC 1”.

Share % (SHR %) is the share or proportion of the available audience (people watching TV at that time) that a specific channel/programme has achieved at that time: “Society achieved a share % of 52.59% from 28 Jan- 3 Feb 2014 on SABC 1″.

saarf 150SAARF is the name by which the South African Audience Research Foundation is familiarly known. SAARF’s main objective is to direct and publish media audience and product/brand research for the benefit of its stake-holders, thereby providing data for target marketing and a common currency for the buying and selling of media space and time. SAARF has thus the responsibility to measure the audiences of all traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, television, cinema and out of home media.

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