India's top Hindi entertainment show is at 7 pm

MUMBAI: India‘s top Hindi entertainment show is coming at the 7 pm slot.

In the last two months, Star Plus’ 7 pm show Saathiya has shown tremendous climb in its ratings with the figure rising to an average of 6 TVR for the week ended 4 December. Saathiya saw a peak TVR of 6.4 during the week, as per Tam data (C&S – 4+, HSM). A special episode on Sunday, pitted against television premiere of Dabangg on Colors, got it a whopping 5.1 TVR.
Saathiya has not only emerged as the slot leader but also the top show among all the general entertainment channels (GECs).

Says Star India EVP – marketing and communications Anupam Vasudev, “Saathiya is a prime example of how strong content can attract audience even at what others call ‘early primetime’. Earlier, this time band was predominantly regional viewership heavy. So we knew viewers are watching television at that time. Why not put great content there?”
Not very long ago, the Hindi GECs were earmarking 8-11 pm as their primetime viewing hours and anything before that was being left by large for regional audiences.

However, as competition in the genre increased manifold with advent of new channels and the fight for the top league became a week-on-week scenario, GECs started experimenting with content scheduling.

Last year the industry saw a show, Chhoti Bahu, waking up the 7.30 pm band with a peak TVR of 5. But that was not the end of the story. It went ahead with the 7 pm slot with Saathiya.

"Not many channels have put original content in the slot. So it has not been exploited," says Vasudev.
As of now, Colors airs Bhagyavidhaata at 7 pm which has managed an average TVR of 1.6 (week ended 4 December) while Zee TV’s Dil Se Diya Vachan is hovering with a 1 TVR.

So can a GEC command premium advertising rates at 7 pm which advertisers do not consider as the “purple time band”?

Says Vasudev, “If we sustain the reach and ratings, we can command a premium. Saathiya’s current week’s reach was above 12 per cent. Though the quality of audience is not as at 9 pm, sustained ratings can help us get good returns.”

Star Plus claims that the show is also growing slot leadership margin in Delhi, Mumbai, Maharastra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, PHCHP (Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh) and other Hindi speaking markets (HSM). The show has also enjoyed 18.8 minute time spent during the week.

Latest Reads
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns over relationship with employee

Intel Corporation CEO and member of board of directors Brian Krzanich today announced his resignation for a breach of company policy involving a relationship with an employee.

MAM Media and Advertising People
Louis Philippe launches new ad campaign #RiseAboveTheRest

One of India’s leading menswear brand Louis Philippe, from Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail, has come up with a unique ad campaign 'Rise Above The Rest', showcasing that true leadership is about taking decisions that leave a lasting impact.

MAM Media and Advertising Ad Campaigns
Taco Bell wants to make potato great again with new campaign

MUMBAI: Taco Bell is set to make its way into the hearts of potato lovers across India. The brand has just launched a unique potato centric take on the traditional taco. The all new Crispy Potaco will give this much-loved vegetable a new identity where it will no longer play the sidekick in most...

MAM Marketing Brands
HP urges people to use original ink in new campaign

MUMBAI: Information technology company HP (Hewlett-Packard) has launched a digital film Chikloo, as a part of the on-going initiative to promote its original ink and cartridges.

MAM Media and Advertising Ad Campaigns
Oyo expands footprint in China

MUMBAI: Indian budget hotel company Oyo Rooms has forayed into China to cater to the country’s burgeoning hospitality industry. Oyo Rooms. The Softbank-backed Oyo in China will have 11,000 exclusive-franchise or merchandised rooms across 26 cities. The service will be available in Xiamen, Kunming,...

MAM Marketing Brands
Johnson's celebrates 125 years with new campaigns

American multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturing company, Johnson’s recently completed 125 years in the baby care products category in India.

MAM Media and Advertising Ad Campaigns
Team ITC makes India proud ,Wins a Silver Lion at the Young Lions Marketers Competition at Cannes

Two young women managers from ITC made India proud by winning the Silver Lion at the very competitive & prestigious Young Lions Competition at Cannes. The team comprised Raisa Chakravarty and Anupama Sharma from ITC's Personal Care Products Business. They had earlier won the India Challenge....

MAM Marketing Brands
Walmart sells $16 billion worth of bonds for Flipkart acquisition

American multinational retail corporation, Walmart, has decided to sell $16 billion worth of bonds to help finance its investment in Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart.

MAM Marketing Brands
Greenscape gets insects to tweet & spread awareness about e-waste

MUMBAI: Most people dump their e-waste just like their regular waste. This results in e-waste ending up in dump yards and landfills. To discourage people from doing this, Greenscape, India’s leading IT waste disposition company, joined hands with Dentsu Webchutney to launch #TinyBugsTweet campaign...

MAM Media and Advertising Ad Campaigns

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories