Kenya has a population of 44 million-plus, and at least 30 percent of Kenyan households own a TV set as of 2010. Among the most popular Kenyan TV shows today are reality wedding preparation hits (“The Samantha’s Bridal Show”) but political commentary hours (“#The Trend”) and variety/comedy platforms such as”The Churchill Show” are also hot. Buzz Kenya has found that Citizen TV is the most-frequently watched TV channel in Kenya, followed by NTV and QTV. These are the 10 most-watched TV shows in Kenya in 2014, ranked from lowest to highest, as of Aug. 14, 2014, according to Location 254.
Source: ghafla.co.ke, citizentv.co.ke, kenya-tainment.blogspot.com, buzzkenya.com, location254.com, tujuane.org, kamusi.org, opensocietyfoundations.org
This reality TV series follows soon-to-be brides and grooms through their trials and tribulations on the way to the wedding day. Aired on KTN network, the show is a product of the East Africa wedding and lifestyle media empire, Samantha’s Bridal.
A zany comedy sitcom which is broadcast on Citizen TV, “Inspekta Mwala” features David Mwabili as a vertically challenged policeman. Despite problems with high crime rates and his co-workers, he has a run of success as a law enforcer.
“Tukuza,” according to the Kamusi Gold Online Dictionary, means “exalt” or “glorify,” and those verbs are embodied in this popular Christian gospel show featured on KTN Sunday morning, with hosts Anthony Ndiema, Kendi Ashitiva, and DJ Krowbar.
Further solidifying the fact that weddings in Kenyan society are a pillar of the culture, this series shows wedding ceremonies in all their glitz and glory, covering a wide array of wedding themes. The show is broadcast on Citizen TV.
“Tujuane” means “let’s know each other” in Swahili. In this smash reality TV dating series, hosts scour the Nairobi streets for men and women, and then try to then hook them up with eligible partners of the opposite sex. Cameras follow them around as they either become acclimated to each other, or sparks do not fly.
Journalist and news anchor Madowo specializes in current events and technology, and his Friday night show on NTV analyzes what’s trending, especially the social and political issues affecting Kenya.
A raucous comedy chronicles four spirited women — Bernice, Rebecca, Aisha, and Winnie — working as housemaids while trying to figure out their own situations living in the Kawangware slums located outside Nairobi. This show is aired on KTN Tuesday nights.
Kenya’s youngest millionaires are featured as they change the economic landscape of their country in “Young Rich,” a documentary series shown on K24 TV. This show features BMWs and fancy mansions galore, and it’s the No.3 most-watched TV show in Kenya.
Just how well do you know your partner? One half of a couple leaves the stage while the other half answers a barrage of questions about themselves to host Kalekye Mumo. When the couple is together again, the absent partner is asked all the same questions. Hijinks ensue! You can see it on K24.
No. 1 on Kenya’s airwaves, this show is hosted by comedian Daniel “Churchill” Ndambuki. It brings together young, new faces with old faces in the laugh biz, and for an hour every Sunday night on NTV proceeds to make East Africa giggle its socks off.