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by SAARF & MarkLives (@marklives) A collaboration between the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF) and MarkLives, this SAARF/MarkLives #Top40TVratings column is a weekly roundup of South Africa’s TV audience viewership.

Satellite dishWe reveal the best-watched shows of the week before, where they ran and how many South Africans tuned in to watch.

We offer two tables:

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

SAARF/MarkLives #Top40TVratings Charts: 25–31 August 2014

National

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 20.8 8 910 589 70.50%
2 MFOLOZI STREET SABC 1 Drama Drama 16.6 7 130 654 54.78%
3 SOUL CITY SABC 1 Drama Drama 15.8 6 790 796 53.65%
4 ABSA PREMIERSHIP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS VS ORLANDO PIRATES SABC 1 Sport Football(soccer) 13.6 5 844 632 43.84%
5 SHREDS AND DREAMS SABC 1 Drama Drama 11.9 5 117 642 40.17%
6 SES’TOP LA SABC 1 Sitcom Sitcom 11.4 4 908 100 35.97%
7 ZAZIWA SABC 1 Variety Variety 11.4 4 873 358 37.19%
8 ZULU NEWS SABC 1 News News 10.8 4 639 729 35.62%
9 SELIMATHUNZI SABC 1 Variety Variety 10.8 4 637 257 34.15%
10 SKEEM SAAM SABC 1 Drama Drama 10.6 4 535 994 37.82%
11 MUVHANGO SABC 2 Drama Drama 10.5 4 521 723 38.34%
12 1’S AND 2’S SHOW SABC 1 Music Music 10.4 4 480 180 34.39%
13 SCANDAL e.tv Drama Drama 9.6 4 134 541 30.78%
14 IHAWU SABC 1 Drama Drama 9.3 4 002 888 33.97%
15 XHOSA NEWS SABC 1 News News 9.0 3 861 506 33.55%
16 FRIENDS LIKE THESE SABC 1 Variety Variety 8.7 3 714 765 36.25%
17 REAL GOBOZA SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 8.3 3 568 498 29.83%
18 POWERBALL SABC 2 Variety Variety 8.1 3 482 843 35.91%
19 SUNDAY LIVE SABC 1 Actuality Actuality 6.8 2 895 882 22.45%
20 FAN BASE SABC 1 Music Music 6.5 2 788 884 27.70%
21 WWE WRESTLING RAW e.tv Sport Wrestling 6.4 2 749 703 30.50%
22 SKEEM SAAM -R SABC 1 Drama Drama 6.3 2 706 538 57.69%
23 SPEAK OUT SABC 2 Actuality Actuality 6.2 2 659 178 32.68%
24 STUMBO STOMP AMAPANSTULA SABC 1 Variety Variety 6.1 2 631 295 28.03%
25 NOTHING FOR MAHALA SABC 1 Movies Movies 6.1 2 597 640 24.97%
26 MODERN FAMILY e.tv Drama Drama 6.0 2 583 792 20.03%
27 ISIDINGO:THE NEED SABC 3 Soap opera Local 5.9 2 517 731 19.46%
28 K’SHUBILE SABC 1 Reality Reality 5.8 2 502 106 23.75%
29 MUVHANGO -R SABC 1 Drama Drama 5.8 2 483 562 52.91%
30 RHYTHM CITY e.tv Drama Drama 5.8 2 473 655 20.73%
31 WIPEOUT SABC 2 Competition Competition 5.8 2 469 849 20.79%
32 EMZINI WEZINSIZWA -R SABC 1 Sitcom Sitcom 5.7 2 438 857 52.09%
33 CUTTING EDGE -R SABC 1 Actuality Actuality 5.6 2 397 123 44.29%
34 100% YOUTH SABC 1 Variety Variety 5.5 2 338 855 24.03%
35 MUVHANGO -R SABC 2 Drama Drama 5.3 2 263 233 35.15%
36 MPONENG SABC 2 Sitcom Sitcom 5.2 2 250 165 18.77%
37 GENERATIONS -R SABC 1 Soap opera Local 5.2 2 248 732 50.92%
38 THE LINK (MAGA) SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 5.1 2 184 686 22.95%
39 NEWS e.tv News News 4.9 2 086 838 16.42%
40 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL SABC 3 Soap opera International 4.8 2 077 589 21.80%

DStv

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 15.5 2 099 293 50.04%
2 MUVHANGO SABC 2 Drama Drama 8.2 1 103 327 27.60%
3 ZAZIWA SABC 1 Variety Variety 6.9 935 697 20.88%
4 ISIBAYA Mzansi Magic Variety Variety 6.7 906 589 21.02%
5 SCANDAL e.tv Drama Drama 6.7 902 812 20.41%
6 SES’TOP LA SABC 1 Sitcom Sitcom 6.0 816 063 18.55%
7 ABSA PREMIERSHIP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS VS ORLANDO PIRATES SABC 1 Sport Football(soccer) 6.0 807 788 18.95%
8 1’S AND 2’S SHOW SABC 1 Music Music 6.0 806 400 18.39%
9 MFOLOZI STREET SABC 1 Drama Drama 5.9 797 404 18.60%
10 SELIMATHUNZI SABC 1 Variety Variety 5.8 788 904 17.90%
11 ZULU NEWS SABC 1 News News 5.8 784 004 18.28%
12 POWERBALL SABC 2 Variety Variety 5.7 772 717 22.17%
13 SOUL CITY SABC 1 Drama Drama 5.6 756 263 17.66%
14 SPEAK OUT SABC 2 Actuality Actuality 5.4 723 698 23.69%
15 SHREDS AND DREAMS SABC 1 Drama Drama 5.3 715 520 15.99%
16 SKEEM SAAM SABC 1 Drama Drama 5.3 709 576 17.42%
17 RHYTHM CITY e.tv Drama Drama 4.8 653 673 16.10%
18 XHOSA NEWS SABC 1 News News 4.4 594 177 14.65%
19 7DE LAAN SABC 2 Soap opera Local 4.2 561 975 13.88%
20 REAL GOBOZA SABC 1 Magazine Magazine 4.1 560 630 13.72%
21 NEWS e.tv News News 4.0 544 077 12.59%
22 ISIDINGO:THE NEED SABC 3 Soap opera Local 4.0 540 483 12.55%
23 ABSA PREMIERSHIP KAIZER CHIEFS VS SUPERSPORT UNITED SuperSport 4 Sport Football(soccer) 3.9 522 885 14.81%
24 SAINTS AND SINNERS[DRAMA] Mzansi Magic Drama Drama 3.8 516 787 12.74%
25 SKEEM SAAM -R SABC 1 Drama Drama 3.8 512 206 31.27%
26 FRIENDS LIKE THESE SABC 1 Variety Variety 3.8 511 868 13.83%
27 WWE WRESTLING RAW e.tv Sport Wrestling 3.6 491 557 13.61%
28 MUVHANGO -R SABC 1 Drama Drama 3.5 477 766 29.11%
29 OUR PERFECT WEDDING (MAG) Mzansi Magic Magazine Magazine 3.5 474 515 11.10%
30 ABSA CURRIE CUP 2014:BLUE BULLS VS W PROVINCE SuperSport 1 Sport Rugby(all) 3.3 449 433 12.78%
31 GENERATIONS -R SABC 1 Soap opera Local 3.3 442 246 28.94%
32 IHAWU SABC 1 Drama Drama 3.2 429 544 10.58%
33 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL SABC 3 Soap opera International 3.0 410 630 11.67%
34 EMZINI WEZINSIZWA -R SABC 1 Sitcom Sitcom 3.0 401 401 24.55%
35 GA BOSE GANGWE SABC 2 Drama Drama 2.8 374 096 11.94%
36 CUTTING EDGE SABC 1 Actuality Actuality 2.6 353 955 11.54%
37 CARTE BLANCHE M-Net Actuality Actuality 2.6 350 114 7.67%
38 ABSA CURRIE CUP 2014:EASTERN PROVINCE KINGS VS GOLDEN LIONS SuperSport 1 Sport Rugby(all) 2.5 342 757 8.34%
39 ABSA PREMIERSHIP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS VS ORLANDO PIRATES SuperSport 4 Sport Football(soccer) 2.5 332 689 8.00%
40 VODACOM MILLIONAIRES e.tv Competition Competition 2.5 331 437 8.92%

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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