Gen­er­a­tions tops TV rat­ings again

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Jack is back – and Gen­er­a­tions: The Legacy is reap­ing the view­er­ship ben­e­fits.

Veteran ac­tor Vusi Kunene’s re­turn to the SABC soapie as Jack Mabaso is one of the rea­sons Gen­er­a­tions: The Legacy has re­claimed its num­ber one spot a year af­ter it was un­seated.

In June last year, Uzalo knocked the show into sec­ond po­si­tion, but the wheels have turned. Ac­cord­ing to the Broad­cast Re­search Coun­cil of SA’s tele­vi­sion rat­ings, Gen­er­a­tions: The Legacy pushed its num­ber of view­ers over the 8 mil­lion mark, leav­ing its chal­lenger, Uzalo, with just less than 8 mil­lion.

The soap’s cre­ator, Mfundi Vundla, told City Press that last month they had great sto­ry­lines, and had also wel­comed Kunene back into the fold.

Kunene’s re­sponse to his vil­lain­ous char­ac­ter’s res­ur­rec­tion was char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally hum­ble:

“I am hon­oured to be back on Gen­er­a­tions. It is great to be back home. Most im­por­tantly, it feels great to be part of the first soapie that is owned by a black per­son.”

Kunene re­joined the show last month. Be­fore then, he played the role of Bhek­ifa Ngubane on Mzansi Magic’s te­len­ov­ela, Isi­baya.

Asked how he felt about his re­turn be­ing the rea­son view­er­ship of the show rose, he said: “I owe my suc­cess to my fans. I am who I am to­day be­cause of them. They are not just fans to me, they are my pil­lars of strength.”

The ques­tion on all his fans’ lips is, how long will he stay?

“I am here. I have al­ways known that it was un­fin­ished busi­ness.”

How­ever, he ad­vised view­ers to stay tuned be­cause there were go­ing to be lots of sur­prises from his rogue char­ac­ter.

“There is never a dull mo­ment with Jack Mabaso; he is here to en­ter­tain his fans.”

Mean­while, Vundla said that it was way too early to cel­e­brate the soap’s num­ber one po­si­tion.

“It is a neck-and-neck sit­u­a­tion. Some­times we win, some­times they win.”

He added: “Even though we re­mained at num­ber two, we were not down and out ... It shows that we are do­ing the right thing.”

For soapie lovers, a ri­valry for the top spot is good news as it means the cre­ators have to keep work­ing harder to keep view­ers en­ter­tained.

HELLO AGAIN Ac­tor Vusi Kunene as Jack Mabaso

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