The once-invincible Idols on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) have plunged television ratings from over 1 million to just 693,000, surprisingly losing hundreds of thousands of viewers and nearly a third of their entire audience. audience.
After season 17 of Idols, produced by [SIC] Entertainment for the M-Nets Mzansi Magic channel on MultiChoices DStv, it reached a peak of 1,018,607 viewers in July, making it the fourth most-watched show on DStv for the month, program ratings suddenly plunged into an unprecedented decline.
Idols viewership has now dropped by almost a third and a whopping 31.89% to just 693,760 DStv subscribers watching in August, tops.
The 693,760 viewers of Idols on Sunday, August 8 with host ProVerb means that the show dropped sharply to the 10th most watched show on DStv for the month. As shocking as it is, this is the highest number of viewers for an episode of the series during August. Last month, other episodes of Idols drew even smaller audiences to Mzansi Magics on Sunday nights. The 693,760 viewers of Idols on August 8 follow the Sunday immediately following M-Net's announcement that Somizi Mhlongo would no longer be a judge on the Mzansi Magic series.
Since the Idols episodes during August were still pre-recorded, Somizi still appeared on Idols on August 8 in all episodes until August 22, however, a third of the shows in Fremantle format, all of a sudden, viewers no longer they seemed to be interested in seeing more idols and for some reason disconnected.
At the beginning of the current round of live shows, the channel announced that a new guest judge would be joining Unathi Nkayi and Randall Abrahams each week.
Somizi left Idols in the current season as a judge after explosive audio recordings were leaked in which her now estranged husband, Mohale Motaung, denounced physical abuse. In a statement last month, the Idols judge said the public has now become a "hearing for what has unfortunately become a rift between two people tied up for defamation, false but very serious allegations and allegedly source interference. close and reliable ".
He said: "I have never physically or consciously abused my estranged husband. I vehemently deny allegations of criminal acts against him and would like to clear my name from defamation."
Mohale, in a statement, said the leaked BarLeader TV recordings made in a conversation with a Living the Dream with Somizi producer were him "explaining why he wouldn't want the details of our divorce to be used in the next season of the reality show as this would affect the whole truth and, furthermore, I did not want the details of it to be used for financial gain. "
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