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2015-12-03 12:22
Modern Family

Cape Town – The American entertainment news website,, this week took a closer look at which American TV shows are most popular elsewhere in the world.

“Dig deeper into the international ratings, and you quickly discover international audiences have some pretty random tastes in television,” Vulture’s Josef Adalian wrote.

According to the article South Africans have a fondness for TV shows with “family” themes.

The 9* most popular American TV shows in Mzansi all seem to centre around the same theme with Modern Family and How I Met Your Mother taking the top spots.

Adalian writes; “The BET reality show Second Generation Wayans, about the Hollywood exploits of some lesser-known nephews of the more famous brothers, died after airing just 13 modestly rated episodes back in 2013. But in South Africa this year, it’s a top-ten show.”

Vulture measured from 1 January to 31 October of this year, and only counted prime-time telecasts.

Here are the 9 most popular American TV shows in South Africa:

1)  Modern Family

2)  How I Met Your Mother

3) The Bold and the Beautiful

4) Teen Wolf

5) SpongeBob SquarePants

6)  Transformers: Robots in Disguise

7)  Second Generation Wayans

8)  Days of Our Lives

9) Yo Gabba Gabba!


*Vulture's original list of top 10 American TV shows in South Africa included the Bold & Beautiful twice and was thus removed and shortened to only 9.

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