The SABC’s reset primetime soap Generations The Legacy on SABC1 is in a shocking ratings tailspin, going down fast and losing millions of viewers as its former TV audience flee.
The new show which started on Monday last week is now down to just 4.1 million viewers.
Meanwhile major concern is mounting over what was once the SABC’s now apparently broken crown jewel and what it means for the South African TV industry, the public broadcaster and advertisers.
While returned stars like Connie Ferguson and Rapulana Seiphemo have been branded “sellouts” by viewers, the former loyal Generations audience who made the show the most watched programme on South African television are also turning their backs on the inexperienced actors roped in at short notice and the new story.
According to the latest consolidated ratings information this is how Generations The Legacy did in its first week of broadcast:
Monday: 7.5 million
Tuesday: 6.5 million
Wednesday: 6.1 million
Thursday: 5.4 million
Friday: 4.1 million