Rhythm City is a South African drama series that premiered on the country's free-to-air television channel e.tv on 9 July 2007 as a replacement to the now-defunct youth-targeted soap opera, Backstage, on weekdays in the competitive 18:30 time slot. Its storyline revolves around the trials and tribulations of those who are trying to break into the music industry and the infidelity, backstabbing, abortion, homosexuality, love and drug addictions of those who have made it in the business.According to the weekly primetime TV Viewing Figures (TAMS Ratings), Rhythm City is proving to be a winner and the success of the show is an ongoing surprise in that its format is not that different from Backstage. Garnering an average audience rating of more than two-million viewers, the series often surpasses long-running rivals, 7de Laan and Isidingo, which air in the same time slot on SABC 2 and SABC 3, respectively. The series also airs in Ghana and is made for e.tv by Curious Pictures.Original cast members included Peter Se-Puma, Lucia Mthiyane, Jamie Bartlett, KB, Connie Chiume, Lungile Radu, Pam Andrews, Mmabatho Montsho, Setlhabi Taunyane, Mpho Molepo, Mduduzi Mabaso, Robert Hobbs, Wandile Molebatsi, Zenzo Ngqobe, Nokuthula Ledwaba, Kelly Khumalo and Wright Ngubeni. Original main credits included Rolisizwe Nikiwe (Creative director), Beatmaker (Musical director), Neil McCarthy (Head Writer), Andre Odendaal, Heather Gordon, and Ziggy Hofmeyr (Directors), Anthony Shaw (Producer), Anthony Akerman (Script Editor & Writer), Rosalind Butler, and Richard Beynon (Storyliners) as well as Makgano Mamabolo, Lodi Matsetela, Justine Loots, and Zamo Mkhwanazi (Writers).SuccessIn June 2011, Rhythm City celebrated 1000 episodes of broadcasting success and is going strong. In a relatively short time, Rhythm City has cultivated a loyal fan base and achieved soaring AR's and a local viewership of over three million people, giving Rhythm City the highest viewership of a local soap in e.tv history. Rhythm City has also gained popularity among the youth of Ghana.