Uzalo: SA’s most-watched TV to go off air for five weeks

With production halted during the national lockdown, SABC 1's Uzalo has run out of episodes.

Uzalo: SA’s most-watched TV to go off air for five weeks

Friday night’s episode of Uzalo will be the last one for a while after the hit SABC 1 soap ran out of episodes.

The over 11 million-strong fans of the show will have to wait a month for new episodes, according to the channel.

No more Uzalo episodes until June

SABC 1 says this is a result of a disruption in production caused by the ongoing national lockdown.

“The Uzalo production break was carried out in full compliance to the regulations as set by government for the lockdown period, to ensure the safety and well-being of our beloved cast as well as the production crew against the pandemic,” said the SABC.

“SABC1 viewers should look forward to their favourite soapie returning with more gripping storylines and enhanced production value from Monday 15 June 2020.”

South African Boradcasting Corporation

When will the record-breaking soapie return?

This means that Uzalo will go off air from Monday, 11 May and replaced by a repeat of the drama series Makoti.

The popular soapie resumed production earlier in the week after lockdown restrictions wear eased under Level 4.

However, there was not enough time to produce enough episodes for the show to continue, meaning it will be off air for five weeks, with new episodes set to air from Monday, 15 June.

Uzalo recently broke new ground in South African television, cracking a new record of 11.4 million viewers for its most-watched episode.

Top ten SA soapies by viewership 

These figures are correct as of January 2020.

  1. Uzalo – 9.6 million 
  2. Generations: The Legacy – 8.2 million 
  3. Skeem Saam – 6.2 million
  4. Scandal – 4.7 million 
  5. Muvhango – 4.6 million 
  6. Rhythm city – 4.1 million 
  7. The Queen – 1.2 million 
  8. Isidingo – 780 000
  9. Isibaya – 731 000
  10. The River – 622 000
Source : The South African More