CNN-IBN outperforms Times Now as per latest TGI survey data

MUMBAI: CNN-IBN, India’s leading English News Channel, has outperformed Times Now on key critical parameters in the Target Group Index (TGI) study.


TGI (Target Group Index) is a global market research conducted across 72 countries. In India, this study is conducted by IMRB. This study is considered as the most relevant for media agencies and advertisers for developing strategies and understanding consumer segments since it gives insights on consumption across 300 categories. The latest round of this study - Wave 2 (March-May, 2014+ Aug-Oct, 2014) had a sample size of 29,677 from Urban India (SEC AB 15-55 years) which is 7 times that of SEC AB audiences captured by the current Television Audience Measurement system in the country. Overall the study has a sample size of 40,000 (approx) which is 4 times that of the aforementioned system for overall audiences across SECs.


According to the TGI data released by IMRB, CNN-IBN is clearly and significantly ahead of Times Now across multiple audiences especially SEC A segment (2 times)* and metro residents (2.4 times)*. Overall, viewers* who claim to watch CNN-IBN are 3.1 times more than Times Now. Viewers who are looking for in-depth news analysis, political news coverage and staying informed again prefer to watch CNN-IBN over Times Now. Even psychographically, progressive, modern, ambitious and knowledgeable audiences with a positive outlook towards life have a clear preference for CNN-IBN when compared to Times Now.


CNN-IBN also outperforms Times Now in key product categories including automobiles, durables, e-commerce, tech products and FMCG. Amongst viewers who own cars/bikes, CNN-IBN claimed viewership is 3.57 times that of Times Now. Amongst viewers who own durables like TV, fridge, AC and washing machine, CNN-IBN outscores Times Now by 1.3 times. Those who tend to shop online also prefer to watch CNN-IBN again by a factor of 1.3 times.  Amongst viewers, who own or use latest technology and gadgets, CNN-IBN viewership is 2.6 times that of Times Now. Those who claim to be the primary household shoppers, a critical segment for any marketer, and watch CNN-IBN are 3.6 times those who claim to watch Times Now.


*Claimed viewership as per TGI.

Source: TGI India 2014, Wave 2 (Mar-May 2014 + Aug-Oct 2014); Urban India SEC AB 15-55 Yrs, Sample size – 29677.

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