Top 10 Most Watched Soapies in South Africa


South Africans love many things. Mandela, dance, upbeat music, their country and also very importantly, their drama shows and soapies.

The Television Audience Measurement Survey’s recently released figures shows that soapies and drama series still dominate the TV viewership ratio, with news nights, sports and movies coming in behind. Here are the top ten most watched soapies in South Africa.

Most Watched Soapies in South Africa

Most Watched Soapies in South Africa

1. Uzalo

This three season drama drew in an impressive 9.08 million viewers on the 16th of April 2019, the highest amongst South African soapies. The series follows the story of two families set on a course that leads to the discovery of a terrible secret.

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The show has a 6.2/10 rating on IMDb, and has 84% likes by Google Users. Main talents in the show are Dawn Thandeka King, Leleti Khumalo, Khaya Dladla, and Bekisisa Mkhwene to mention a few.

2. Generations: The Legacy

The brain child of Mfundi Vundla, this soap opera is a remake of the previous seasons of Generations. The drama follows and celebrates the hopes and dreams of South Africans trying to live a better life, and seek for a better future.

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Aired on SABC 1, this 6 season drama pulled in 8.4 million viewers on the 16th of April, 2019. The show features known talents like Vuyo Dabula, Manaka Ranaka, Rapulana Seiphemo and Thulisile Phongolo to mention a few.

3. Skeem Saam

With an impressive 8.5/10 rating on IMDb, and 84% likes by Google users, it is no surprise that Skeem Saam pulled in 7.9 million viewers on the 16th of April, 2019. This seven season teen drama was created by Winnie Serite and is aired on SABC1.

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The drama has won multiple awards, including the Golden Horn Award for the Most Popular Soap, and Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actress. The teen drama has featured known talents like Cornet Mamabolo, Clement Maosa, Patrick Seleka and Lisa Madikizela to mention a few.

4. Scandal

This South African soap opera is set at a fictional newspaper company NF Holdings based in Johannesburg, which showcases the latest news and gossip.

Though the show has an average score of 5.3/10 on IMDb, South Africans beg to differ, as the show brought in 5.2 million views on the 16th of April, 2019. The soap airs on ETV and features popular talents like Andile Sithole and Brighton Ngoma to mention a few.

5. Muvhango

Bringing in 5.2 million viewers on Tuesday 9 April 2019, Muvhango which airs on SABC 2 is one of the most popular soaps airing in South Africa. Muvhango follows various storylines that tell the story of the conflict between the traditional and modern way of doing things.

Produced by Duma Ka Ndlovu, the gripping soap opera which first aired in 1997 is sure to keep you glued to your seats.

6. Rhythm City

With a gripping storyline that follows the real power brokers of the music industry, including the record companies, promoters, producers, DJs, and wannabes, Rhythm City is a gripping soap opera.

Spotting an amazing 12 seasons, and a healthy 7.5/10 on IMDb ratings, it’s no wonder Rhythm City pulled in 4.3 million viewers on the 8th of April, 2019 thus securing its slot on this list.

7. Imbewu: The Seed

This two season soap opera which aired its first episode in 2018, tells the gripping story of the Bhengu family, which has been keeping a secret from other family members. Spinning a story about treachery and tumult, Imbewu keeps your eyes on the screen, and your butt on the chair.

Pulling in a healthy 3.3 million views on the 16th of April 2019, the hit soap opera which spots popular names like Tony Kgoroge and Leleti Khumalo is a must watch.

8. 7de Laan

This Afrikaans soap opera follows the lives and times of people living in a fictitious suburban street called 7de Laan. Produced by Danie Odendaal and airing its first episode in the year 2000, this veteran soap pulled in a remarkable 2.58 million viewers on the 24th of April, 2019. The show spots talents like Theodore Jantjies and Nobuhle Mahlasela.

9. Giyani – Land of Blood

Giyani is a drama set in Giyani a real town in the Limpopo province of South Africa, and follows the story of two families locked in a brutal, bitter decades-long squabble over a piece of fertile land. Bringing in a total of 1.8 million views on the 23rd of April, 2019, Giyani has certainly earned a place on this list.

10. Isidingo: The Need

Isidingo is a South African soap opera, with its dialogue mostly in English language. The soapie premiered in 1998 on SABC 3 and spots a healthy 6.9/10 and 7/10 on IMDb and, respectively.

Bringing in a viewership of 844, 266 and the most viewed show on SABC3, Isidingo is one soap you’d want to sit down to watch.

So there you have it, our top ten SA soapies. You’re welcome!


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