The Real Housewives of Nairobi, Other Originals Dominate 2023 Showmax Streaming Charts

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By Editorial Desk 4 Min Read

The Real Housewives of Nairobi, Single Kiasi, and a host of other Originals captured the hearts of viewers across the continent, propelling the platform to new heights.

Highlights
  • Showmax's 2023 viewing statistics underscored a crucial truth: local content reigns supreme. The success of Kenyan productions stood tall beside international giants like the 2024 Golden Globe winner, Succession, and Emmy-nominated The Last of Us. The platform's top 10 most-watched titles in 2023 revealed a powerful blend of homegrown talent and global appeal.

Showmax emerged as the undeniable frontrunner in 2023, securing its dominance with a stellar lineup of local and international hits.

The Real Housewives of Nairobi, Single Kiasi, and a host of other Originals captured the hearts of viewers across the continent, propelling the platform to new heights.

African Originals Take Center Stage

Kenya, in particular, witnessed a streaming revolution with Showmax launching an unprecedented seven Original titles in 2023. From the dramatic Single Kiasi Season 2 to the glitzy debut of The Real Housewives of Nairobi Season 1, the platform delivered a diverse range of content that resonated with audiences. Reality series Kyallo Kulture, crime drama Faithless, telenovela Second Family, animated series Twende, and the festive Kenyan Christmas feature A Merry X-Mess rounded out the impressive roster.

Local Triumphs Over Global

Showmax’s 2023 viewing statistics underscored a crucial truth: local content reigns supreme. The success of Kenyan productions stood tall beside international giants like the 2024 Golden Globe winner, Succession, and Emmy-nominated The Last of Us. The platform’s top 10 most-watched titles in 2023 revealed a powerful blend of homegrown talent and global appeal.

Showmax’s Top 10 Most-Watched Titles in 2023:

  1. The Real Housewives of Nairobi Season 1
  2. Adulting (South Africa)
  3. Wura (Nigeria)
  4. The Billionaire’s Wife (Ghana)
  5. Single Kiasi Season 2
  6. Kyallo Kulture Season 2
  7. Faithless Season 1
  8. Second Family Season 2
  9. Twende (Animated Series)
  10. A Merry X-Mess (Kenyan Christmas Feature)

Strategic Partnerships and Milestones

Showmax’s commitment to excellence extended beyond content creation in 2023. A groundbreaking partnership with international media heavyweight Comcast marked a pivotal moment for the platform. This collaboration, set to launch in February 2024, promises a fusion of the world’s best content and technology, enhancing Showmax’s position as Africa’s leading streaming service.

In February, Showmax will unveil a record-breaking 21 Originals from four African countries, featuring international hits like Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and Halo Season 2.

Record-Breaking Launches and Nominations

The Real Housewives of Nairobi Season 1 emerged as Showmax’s biggest hit in Kenya, not only claiming the top spot on the platform’s most-watched list but also breaking streaming records with its sensational launch episode.

Kenya’s entertainment industry earned unprecedented recognition at the 2023 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs). With a record 17 nominations, Kenyan Showmax Originals, including Single Kiasi, County 49, Njoro wa Uba, Salem, Cheza, and Stinger, showcased the country’s growing influence on the prestigious film and TV stage.

Innovation Unleashed: First Telenovela and 2D Animation

Showmax continued to push creative boundaries in 2023, launching its first Original telenovela, Second Family, in March. The series captivated audiences with its gripping narrative of power struggles, boardroom politics, and unexpected twists.

Closing the year on a high note, Showmax unveiled Twende, its first Original 2D animation series, in December. Boasting an all-Kenyan cast and featuring Junior Nyong’o as the voice of the lead character, Twende received rave reviews from critics, further solidifying Showmax’s commitment to diverse and innovative storytelling.

As Showmax prepares to usher in 2024 with an unparalleled content lineup and a groundbreaking partnership, it cements its status as the premier streaming destination in Africa, where local narratives shine on the global stage.

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