Reckitt Benckiser again top television advertiser

BENGALURU: Indian FMCG and consumer health products company Reckitt Benckiser (India) Ltd (RBIL) has once again climbed the almost sole andperpetual bastion of Indian FMCG company Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL). For the second time this year, RBIL was the biggest advertiser in terms of insertions in week 14 of 2018 (Saturday, 31 March 2018 to Friday, 6 April 2018) according to BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council of India) data. The previous occasion when the company beat HUL in terms of TV ad insertions was in week 11 of 2018 (Saturday, 10 March 2018 to Friday, 16 March 2018) according to BARC’s list of top 10 advertisers across genres - all India (U+R) : 2+ individuals -in terms of ad insertions or spots. During the 52 weeks of calendar year 2017 (Saturday, 31 December 2016 to Friday 30 December 2017), it was HUL that held the top slot as the largest television advertiser in the country. 

In week 14 of 2018, according to BARC data, RBIL had 1,21,102 insertions to HUL’s 1,19,602 ad spots. In week 11, RBIL had 1,10,173 to HUL’s 99,405 ad insertions. RBIL accounted for 30.2 percent ad insertions of the combined total insertions by the top 10 advertisers in week 14 and 28.6 percent in week 11, while HUL had 29.8 percent and 25.6 percent of the ad insertions during the same weeks respectively. Hence the big two accounted for 59.9 percent and 55.4 percent of the combined total insertions by the top 10 advertisers in week in weeks 14 and 11 of 2018 respectively.

It must, however, be noted that if one were to account for the insertions by HUL affiliates/subsidiaries/associate (HUL group companies) companies, the total would far exceed the ad insertions by any other advertiser. For example, among the top 10 advertisers in week 14 of 2018 wasBrooke Bond Lipton India Ltd (Brooke Bond) at rank eight with 18,075 insertions, while in week 11 Brooke Bond did not find a place among BARC top 10 advertisers list, neither did any other HUL group company.Refer to the table below showing BARC’s list of top 10 advertisers in weeks 11 and 14 of 2018.


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