A review of the launch day statistics on the streaming platform reveals that RHOD has broken all previous first-day viewing records, claiming the top spot on the streaming service.
The episode landed on Showmax at 00:00, with die-hard fans staying up until midnight to stream. Views started to pick up from 07:00, continuing to rise throughout the day with views peaking at 20:00. Over the last week, RHOD has remained the most popular show on Showmax.
Speaking about the success of the first episode, Candice Fangueiro, head of content at Showmax, says, “We know our real fans come for the drama and if you’re looking for fireworks, the first episode of RHOD has it all, so we’re not surprised to see it break records.”
The series features six successful and stylish Durban socialites: Annie Ludick, Ayanda Ncwane, Kgomotso Ndungane, Nonkanyiso Conco, Nonku Williams, and Sorisha Naidoo. In the series, viewers are invited into their homes, their businesses, and of course, into their drama too. The first episode ended on a bombshell as Nonku shared her personal connection to Ayanda, CEO of Ncwane Communications and widow of gospel legend Sfiso.
The hashtags #RHODurban and #realhousewivesofdurban
Celebrity and reality TV star Lasizwe, who also has a series on Showmax, tweeted, “One thing about #RHODurban is Lasizwe is definitely a fan of the show! What a way to end episode 1. Tsi!”
Entertainment journalist and commentator Phil Mpela tweeted
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About the cast
Annie Ludick owns Durban’s luxury beauty salon Anesthetic, as well as an events and marketing company and a dance agency. She is planning her white wedding to Durban businessman Kgolo Mthembu in April. – The Real Housewives of Durban.
Ayanda Ncwane is CEO of Ncwane Communications and president of The Africa Gospel Awards. Ncwane is the widow of gospel legend Sfiso. – The Real Housewives of Durban.
Kgomotso Ndungane owns an event and floral business called Oak Celebrations and recently launched her own luxury home, body, and bath product line, Lelapa. Ndungane is married to former Springbok Odwa. – The Real Housewives of Durban.
Nonkanyiso Conco owns beauty brand Laconco Naturals.
Nonku Williams is the founder of Ashes to Beauty Winery and has business interests in construction. She is a divorced mom of three. – The Real Housewives of Durban.
Sorisha Naidoo, a former Miss India South Africa, imports around 25 beauty products through her company SSBO. She is the wife of billionaire businessman Vivian Reddy. – The Real Housewives of Durban.