Still dazed and con­fused

tv­plus read­ers and soapie fans are still fum­ing about Days Of Our Lives’ even-later late-night times­lot.

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While we’re still wait­ing for of­fi­cial com­ment from the SABC on why Days (1965- cur­rent) gets only one mid­night screen­ing while Bold & Beau­ti­ful (1987- cur­rent) has two re­peat times­lots, there is a huge fac­tor in the SABC’s de­ci­sion to air the long-run­ning soapie so late: its rat­ings are much lower than Bold’s.While many think that Days is the more pop­u­lar, the per­cep­tion might have some­thing to do with the fact that Days has been run­ning for much longer than Bold, or the re­cent out­cry when SABC dropped Days in July, only to bring it back to SABC3 in Au­gust but after 23:00.

As of Septem­ber 2016, Bold is SABC3’s top-rated show, with around 1.1 mil­lion view­ers, just above Isidingo (1998- cur­rent). By con­trast, in Septem­ber, which was a few months after SABC’s con­tro­ver­sial 90% lo­cal con­tent quo­tas kicked in, none of the new shows like Real Talk With Anele (2016- cur­rent) or Real Housewives Of Jozi (2016- cur­rent) had made it into the chan­nel’s Top 20. Be­fore Days was dropped, it was bring­ing in around what High Rollers (2013- cur­rent) has now – 646 000. But since it’s not lo­cal, it airs later.

If the SABC can re­peat Bold & Beau­ti­ful, why can they not re­peat Days Of Our Lives? Are they aware of the fact that Days is more pop­u­lar than Bold? – RON­ALD, VIA EMAIL

John, Mar­lena and the Days cast have only one slot on SABC3’s sched­ule.

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