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by SAARF & MarkLives (@marklives) SABC 1 TV drama Tempy Pushas remained in second place and Family Bonds in third on our Top 10 TV ranking during the week of 19 — 25 May 2014, our SAARF/MarkLives #Top40TVratings  national chart shows. Intersextions, meanwhile, moved from 10th to fourth, and Xhosa News from 11th to fifth. The Presidential Inauguration came in at 40th on our DStv chart.

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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: 19 — 25 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 23.8 10 190 887 70.68%
2 TEMPY PUSHAS SABC 1 Drama Drama 13.8 5 932 568 45.94%
3 FAMILY BONDS SABC 1 Drama Drama 12.9 5 518 135 39.73%
4 INTERSEXTIONS SABC 1 Drama Drama 12.5 5 377 984 37.67%
5 XHOSA NEWS SABC 1 News News 11.4 4 897 400 35.81%
6 ZULU NEWS SABC 1 News News 11.3 4 847 919 34.05%
7 MUVHANGO SABC 2 Drama Drama 11.0 4 718 042 39.23%
8 MY PERFECT FAMILY SABC 1 Sitcom Sitcom 10.9 4 683 828 35.17%
9 SHAKESPEARE IN MZANSI SABC 1 Drama Drama 10.8 4 633 836 34.12%
10 ZAZIWA SABC 1 Variety Variety 10.7 4 577 669 33.12%
11 SELIMATHUNZI SABC 1 Variety Variety 10.4 4 457 324 32.36%
12 THE PERFECT SISHEBO SHOW SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 10.2 4 384 528 31.81%
13 RHYTHM CITY e.tv Drama Drama 9.8 4 200 441 32.35%
14 SCANDAL e.tv Drama Drama 9.6 4 112 566 28.94%
15 WHEN WE WERE BLACK SABC 1 Drama Drama 9.5 4 093 949 32.27%
16 FRIENDS LIKE THESE SABC 1 Variety Variety 9.0 3 855 912 30.56%
17 REAL GOBOZA SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 8.5 3 664 168 32.31%
18 POWERBALL SABC 2 Variety Variety 8.0 3 443 925 32.42%
19 NYAN NYAN SABC 1 Reality Reality 7.9 3 372 205 29.36%
20 FRIENDS LIKE THESE -R SABC 1 Variety Variety 7.7 3 323 120 38.90%
21 BLOODSPORT e.tv Movies Action/Adventure 7.3 3 131 864 26.00%
22 NEWS HEADLINES SABC 1 News News 7.2 3 091 234 23.18%
23 MISS CULTURAL SA SABC 1 Variety Variety 7.2 3 086 994 27.88%
24 TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN e.tv Movies Action/Adventure 7.1 3 032 555 33.74%
25 FAN BASE SABC 1 Music Music 7.1 3 028 278 27.73%
26 THE LINK (MAGA) SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 6.8 2 916 470 26.34%
27 TROPICA ISLAND OF TREASURE SABC 1 Reality Reality 6.5 2 806 962 24.69%
28 KHUMBUL’ EKHAYA SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 6.3 2 715 556 24.41%
29 EQUILIBRIUM SABC 1 Movies Action/Adventure 6.3 2 699 669 24.37%
30 GENERATIONS RETRO SABC 1 Soap opera Local 6.3 2 690 972 20.74%
31 SA’S KITCHEN QUEENS e.tv Reality Reality 6.0 2 571 076 22.87%
32 SPEAK OUT SABC 2 Actuality Actuality 5.9 2 514 566 28.38%
33 NEWS e.tv News News 5.8 2 500 503 20.37%
34 7DE LAAN SABC 2 Soap opera Local 5.8 2 495 873 19.35%
35 DI WELE MAKGOLELA SABC 2 Variety Variety 5.7 2 454 598 23.67%
36 ROOTS SABC 1 Music Music 5.7 2 428 255 24.22%
37 MUVHANGO -R SABC 1 Drama Drama 5.5 2 361 227 50.23%
38 EKASI OUR STORIES CHURCH VS SHEBEEN e.tv Drama Drama 5.5 2 343 274 23.71%
39 WWE EXTREME RULES e.tv Sport Wrestling 5.5 2 339 579 33.63%
40 SISWATI/NDEBELE NEWS HEADLINES SABC 1 News News 5.2 2 247 512 24.70%

 

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 17.0 2 300 836 50.06%
2 MUVHANGO SABC 2 Drama Drama 8.8 1 188 377 30.27%
3 ISIBAYA Mzansi Magic Variety Variety 7.6 1 032 599 23.75%
4 RHYTHM CITY e.tv Drama Drama 6.8 923 507 21.76%
5 ZULU NEWS SABC 1 News News 6.3 851 127 18.76%
6 SCANDAL e.tv Drama Drama 6.3 845 494 18.50%
7 XHOSA NEWS SABC 1 News News 6.2 835 499 18.22%
8 SPEAK OUT SABC 2 Actuality Actuality 5.6 761 380 25.00%
9 POWERBALL SABC 2 Variety Variety 5.5 739 177 21.34%
10 7DE LAAN SABC 2 Soap opera Local 4.3 585 831 13.90%
11 FAMILY BONDS SABC 1 Drama Drama 4.3 584 910 13.70%
12 TEMPY PUSHAS SABC 1 Drama Drama 4.1 557 457 12.93%
13 KHUMBUL’ EKHAYA SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 4.1 557 065 15.67%
14 NEWS e.tv News News 4.1 550 681 13.61%
15 INTERSEXTIONS SABC 1 Drama Drama 4.0 535 623 12.21%
16 SHAKESPEARE IN MZANSI SABC 1 Drama Drama 3.8 514 388 11.94%
17 MY PERFECT FAMILY SABC 1 Sitcom Sitcom 3.6 491 542 11.26%
18 NYAN NYAN SABC 1 Reality Reality 3.6 488 108 12.30%
19 REAL GOBOZA SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 3.6 483 683 12.73%
20 MISS CULTURAL SA SABC 1 Variety Variety 3.5 470 790 12.10%
21 FRIENDS LIKE THESE -R SABC 1 Variety Variety 3.5 470 671 16.05%
22 SELIMATHUNZI SABC 1 Variety Variety 3.5 468 407 10.31%
23 ZAZIWA SABC 1 Variety Variety 3.3 444 903 10.16%
24 TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN e.tv Movies Action/Adventure 3.3 444 741 14.24%
25 THE PERFECT SISHEBO SHOW SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 3.3 442 928 9.75%
26 WHEN WE WERE BLACK SABC 1 Drama Drama 3.3 441 295 10.41%
27 OUR PERFECT WEDDING (MAG) Mzansi Magic Magazine Magazine 3.1 420 507 9.67%
28 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:REAL MADRID CF VS ATLETICO MADRID SuperSport 3 Sport Football (Soccer) 3.0 412 111 15.48%
29 NUUS SABC 2 News News 3.0 402 271 9.38%
30 FRIENDS LIKE THESE SABC 1 Variety Variety 2.9 397 962 8.97%
31 MUVHANGO -R SABC 1 Drama Drama 2.9 397 797 25.41%
32 GENERATIONS -R SABC 1 Soap opera Local 2.9 394 454 26.69%
33 THOLA SABC 2 Drama Drama 2.9 394 048 14.92%
34 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL SABC 3 Soap opera International 2.9 390 010 10.38%
35 NOOT VIR NOOT SABC 2 Music Music 2.9 388 052 8.62%
36 VODACOM MILLIONAIRES e.tv Competition Competition 2.8 373 376 9.07%
37 PARKER M-Net Movies Drama 2.7 362 703 9.52%
38 EKASI OUR STORIES CHURCH VS SHEBEEN e.tv Drama Drama 2.6 355 634 10.69%
39 DI WELE MAKGOLELA SABC 2 Variety Variety 2.6 349 219 11.24%
40 PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION SABC 2 News News 2.6 346 938 14.06%

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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