Uzalo Sets New Record
Popular South African soapie Uzalo set a new ratings record after 11.4 million people viewers tuned in to watch one of the show’s episodes in April.
According to the latest data by the Broadcast Research Council of SA, the SABC 1 daily drama is still the most popular and most-watched show in South Africa. Uzalo not only retained its top spot comfortably but also managed to surpass its own record for the highest number of viewers.
The Broadcast Research Council of SA data shows that a massive 11.4 million people tuned in to watch the soapie on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
This translates to a huge increase of more than 10 percent from the show’s previous record. Before that, the show’s most-watched episode recorded 10.29 million viewers on Monday, March 30.
Before this year, Uzalo had also made television history when it set a (then) record high of 10.25 million viewers in September 2018.
The previous record of 10.14 million viewers was held by the opening match between South Africa and Mexico of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
To put this in perspective, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on April 21 had 5 million viewers while the one on April 23 had 4.69 million viewers.
Commenting on the new record, Uzalo executive producer Mmamitse Thibedi told the Sowetan
This new record means that we are capable of so much more than what we ever dreamed of. The hard work, focus and trusting our instincts work and we should do more of that,”
Acting SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo also said,
“This historic television milestone is testament to the unwavering dedication to excellence and hard work that is displayed through the SABC’s partnership with Stained Glass Productions [the Uzalo production company].”
“We applaud the producers, actors, actresses, and crew of Uzalo for the sterling work, they have put in, in entertaining the millions of South Africans who tune into SABC 1, to watch the nation’s number one television programme.”
Unfortunately, Uzalo is currently not airing any episodes. The hit show which stars Dawn Thandeka King, Baby Cele, Wiseman Mncube and Masoja Msiza – among others, last aired a new episode last Thursday after running out of new material. The show has been adversely affected by the shutting down of production for over a month due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) induced national lockdown>chaosafrica