Isibaya's Ratings Shoot To The Top

The show attracted more than 2 million viewers despite getting canned

By  | Feb 03, 2021, 10:46 AM  | Asavela Mngqithi  | Top of The

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In a surprising and unexpected turn of events, Isibaya has salvaged a number of their viewers despite getting sacked by Mzansi Magic for their dwindling numbers. The telenovela's numbers were dismal as they dropped massively causing the soap to not even get a spot on the top 10 most watched shows on pay TV.

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Yesterday, 2 February was said to be the final day of shooting the KZN based drama series Isibaya, but the remaining episodes will be played up until the very last one. It seems as though news of its demise left many of their viewers and their former ones shattered, causing them to watch their favourite telenovela before it reaches it's final episode.

According to figures quoted by Daily Sun, Isibiya obtained a number five ranking on the top 10 most watched shows on DStv. A spot the show has been struggling to get for years now. All thanks to the 2 million supporters in the country. On DStv catch-up, it impressively sits at number 3.

Asavela Mngqithi who played Ntwentle told Isolezwe that she is very saddened by the ending of a show which helped her break into the entertainment scene. She joined the hit series in 2018 and it has been onwards and upwards for the star. She first came on the show as a tomboy who was in search of her father, to becoming the hard core Chief’s wife who still embraced her manly side but maintained herself as a Queen.

“I speak for the crew and cast members at Isibaya when I say it is public knowledge that job loss is a very painful thing to go through. We have faith that God will help us with more jobs. We are very sad that we will not be able to pay our debts and feed our families.”

“This show was my second home and my colleagues were like family to me because we would see each other every day," she told the publication.

Isibaya cast and crew members are worried about where their next income will come from but they are holding onto a thread of faith that doors will open for them.

The telenovela is replaced by a new show called Diepsloot and it stars the talented former Uzalo actress Dawn Thandeka King. She has left Uzalo to pursue another leading role in the new show, which is produced by Black Brain Pictures. The name will however change as the premier nears.

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