- Marothi and Rachel's troubled marriage has seen the Skeem Saam viewership numbers grow significantly
- The pair, played by Macks Papo and Lesego Marakalla, are reeling from Marothi cheating on Rachel
- Macks believes that people needing entertainment during lockdown is another reason the soapie's viewership numbers have increased
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According to the latest data by the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa, the Skeem Saam episode where Rachel threatened to kill Marothi if he cheated on her again was its most-watched episode since the soapie started in 2011.
A record viewership of more than 9 million tuned in for the drama.
This means that the daily drama has officially overtaken Generations: The Legacy (8.78 million viewers) to become the second most-watched TV show in the country after Uzalo.
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Generations: The Legacy and Uzalo are both on SABC 1, while Skeem Saam holds the fort on SABC 2.
Skeem Saam jumped in viewership from 8.84 million the month before, while Generations: The Legacy dropped from 9.54 million.
Skeem Saam spokesperson Sumaya Mogola told Sowetan, "This means that we are being watched, understood and that we are being listened to. We learn new things all the time. And at times we are able to identify what stories or characters resonate most with the viewers."
Macks Papo added that he also believed Marothi and Rachel's story line happening during lockdown attracted the high numbers.
He said, "It rang very true to real life marriage situations out there. Secondly, [it was] a perfect timing during the lockdown period when a whole lot of people would be at home, stressed, some even depressed and in great need of television entertainment."
Earlier this year, Briefly.co.za reported that Mzansi was pleased when Marothi put his side chick in place in favour of Rachel.
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