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Top 10 Highest Rated Soapies & Telenovelas in SA

Here’s how many people watch your favourite telenovelas

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Uzalo remains the highest-rated daily television show in South Africa across all formats.

As of December 2020,  the Durban based telenovela attracts more than 8 million viewers every night. They also aren’t neck and neck with Generations: The Legacy anymore. Despite keeping their hot 8 PM prime time slot on the channel, the soapie would need almost 2 million viewers per night to compete with Uzalo. With the stale storylines and questionable quality of production, the former hit will likely not see that day.

Skeem Saam has been doing pretty well in the ratings, especially with their time slot considered. More than 4,4 million people tune in to watch every day.

And facing cancellation, with reports last year The Queen might move to SABC 2 in its place,  Muvhango attracts just a little over 3,6 million daily viewers, making it the lowest-rated soapie in the South African free to air television space.

Scandal! remains eTV’s highest-rated soapie, trouncing a slew of other local daily dramas on the free to air commercial television station. Scandal! rakes in almost 4,7 million daily viewers. Behind it is Rhythm City at 3,74 million viewers. Unfortunately, that wasn’t good enough for the channel as they decided the end the show after a decade on air. Imbewu is not too far behind, with 3,72 million.

It will be interesting how Durban Gen performs. eTV revealed in November that the new daily drama had already reached 2 million viewers.

The DStv numbers are always some of the most searched, as the shows there trend more often on social media.

In December, Gomora returned to its previous spot as the highest-rated television show throughout DStv, once more dethroned The Queen. With 1,34 million viewers tuning in everyday, Gomora was able to prove its potential to remain a top player.  The Queen still gets 1, 3 million tuning in, despite lacking direction.

Once the highest-rated show on DStv, Isibaya had fallen out of the Top 5. And with 867 000 viewers, things aren’t looking too good.

If you are wondering about The River, it’s on the Compact Plus and Premium packages, which most DStv subscribers do not access. We know it would eat all these girls up.

According to the latest numbers from the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa, this is what’s up.

SABC

UZALO – 8 041 490

GENERATIONS THE LEGACY  – 6 858 031

SKEEM SAAM  – 4 408 258

MUVHANGO – 3 695 208

ETV

SCANDAL! – 4 698 809

RHYTHM CITY – 3 744 228

IMBEWU – 3 724 787

DSTV

GOMORA – 1 340 306

THE QUEEN – 1 300 610

ISIBAYA – 867 080

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!

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Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.

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They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.

 

It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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