Soapies rule local TV screens

2012-09-24 16:20
Staff reporter, City Press
Johannesburg - Soapies rule the small screen in South Africa, according to research conducted by the South African Audience Research Foundation.

This genre pulls in an average of 1.8 million free-to-air and pay-TV viewers, with 4 year olds being its youngest loyalists.

The coveted prize for the most beloved soapie unsurprisingly goes to SABC1 favourite Generations, which has held this title for several years.

Educational programmes and drama come in second and third place for free-to-air channels.

However, the most disappointing on the list is sports.

In a country that is sport-mad, with hard-core fanatics, its low position comes as a surprise.

Sport is ranked ninth on free-to-air TV and fifth on pay TV.

Movies come in second place on pay TV, attracting half the number of people that soapies do.

The latest celebrity craze of reality TV shows comes third with drama ranking fourth.

Ostensibly popular magazine programmes like Top Billing and Pasella find themselves at the bottom, proving that not all that glitters is gold or, in this case, popular.

Top genres on free-to-air TV
1. Soapies
2. Educational programmes
3. Drama
4. Movies
5. Actuality
6. News
7. Advertising
8. Reality shows
9. Sport
10. Magazine programmes

Top genres on pay TV
1. Soapies
2. Movies
3. Reality shows
4. Drama
5. Sport
6. Music channels
7. News
8. Actuality shows
9. Educational programmes
10.  Variety shows


  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-24 16:43

    Cant miss my soapies, Love them.

  • om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-09-24 18:01

    I hear Ridge is marrying Brooke for the 7th or 8th time. She has also married his father & had a child with him, so Ridge's son's half sister is also his aunty. Apparently this skank character has also married his brother, slept with one daughter's boyfriend & had a child with the other daughter's husband. This is fantastic viewing for a four year old... NOT!

      atholl.canterbury - 2012-09-25 02:08

      After an abnormal day being carted to playschool, playing in mud, making noise, learning a's and 1's; Then carted back home to an abnormally hot meal, abnormally warm bath and fresh clothes :- It's nice to finish in the normal way: Being forced, as a 4 yr old, to watch the normal aunties and the normal uncles research and develop normal devious plots to destroy each other. Who needs batman and superman?

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-09-24 18:26

    It is understandable considering the intelligence of the masses.

  • stiaan.schoeman - 2012-09-24 18:53

    1862 million viewers in a country of 50 million. Please explain.

  • hennie.blom - 2012-09-24 19:26

    All soapies are series, but not all series are soapies... Please correct this fundamental error in statistics and you'd have a better representation of what pulls the most attention. You can't, for instance, compare days of our lives with something like how I met your mother. Utterly ridiculous.

  • Johnelle Olivier - 2012-09-24 19:29

    That is why events in 7De Laan gets a spot on the front page of Rapport! People, you need to get your own life!!!!!!

  • hennie.blom - 2012-09-24 19:30

    I would assume this is based on a running average, which means 1862/50 is about 360 scheduled shows per month or year per average viewer?

  • damonsb - 2012-09-24 21:06

    i wish a serial killer can get apart in all these soapies and murder them all so these crap can end already

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-09-25 07:39

    Sports, meaning Supersport on DSTV...

  • amor.engelbrecht - 2012-09-25 09:16

    This research is flawed - Pasella draws around 1.5 - 1.7 million viewers on a Wednesday night and another 300 - 600 000 with its repeat on Sundays. In its Wednesday evening slot it mostly beats Isidingo on AR's (Audience Ratings). Check on

  • ladyd.mankge - 2012-10-09 23:02

    Gemeration has lOst it,the storyline,MJ girlfriend look like a demon,what ur u teaching us now

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