English news records highest ratings in 2020 during Delhi elections, results week

Combined ratings of top 5 English News channels jumped 49.5% week-on-week

BENGALURU/MUMBAI: Runup to elections and election results announcements are big viewership drivers for news channels in India. Assembly elections on 8 February 2020 and announcement of the election results of the New Delhi legislative assembly in week 6 of 2020 (Saturday, 8 February 2020 to Friday, 14 February 2020, week or period under review) boosted the combined viewership of the Top 5 English News channels by 49.5 percent as compared to the previous week. Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) reported a total of 2.741 million impressions for the top 5 English News channels in the week under review. The combined total of the top 5 channels during the previous week (week 5 of 2020) was 1.835 million weekly impressions.

Combined impressions of the top 5 English News channels in week 6 of 2020 was the highest ratings to date in 2020. The previous highest combined total of the top 5 English News channels in 2020 was in week 4 at 2.582 million weekly impressions. Further, the average combined weekly impressions of the top 5 English News channels during 41 weeks of the previous calendar year was 2.271 million weekly impressions. It must be remembered that BARC had stopped publication of ratings in the public domain to allow viewership to stablise after the implementation of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) New Tariff Order (NTO) for the weeks 6 to 12 of 2019. Hence, average of the remaining 41 weeks of 2019 (weeks 13 to 53 of 2019) or post week 12 of 2019 average has been considered.

Top 5 English News Channels in week 6 of 2020

Four of the channels in BARC’s weekly list of Top 5 English News channels for week 6 of 2020 were the same as in the previous week. Pub-caster Doordarshan’s English News channel DD India exited the list during the period under review, while the Radhika and Pronnoy Roy headed NDTV 24x7 made a rare appearance into BARC’s weekly list of Top 5 English News channels in week 06 of 2019.

At its normal numero uno position was the Arnab Goswami headed Republic TV with a phenomenal 74.5 percent lead in ratings in week 6 of 2020 of 1.141 million weekly impressions as compared to the 0.654 million weekly impressions in week 5. Also at its normal second rank was Times Now with 0.664 million weekly impressions in week 6 of 2020 which was 24.3 percent more than the 0.534 million weekly impressions in week 5. Continuing on at its previous week’s third rank was the India Today group’s India Today Television with 0.415 million weekly impressions in week 6 of 2020, a jump of 40 percent from the 0.303 million weekly impressions in the previous week.

Climbing up to fourth rank in week 6 of 2020 from the previous week’s fifth rank was Network18’s CNN News18 with 0.263 million weekly impressions, which was 61.3 percent more than the 0.163 million weekly impressions in week 5. Entering BARC’s weekly lists of Top 5 English News channels for was NDTV 24x7 with 0.258 million weekly impressions. This was NDTV 24x7 second appearance in BARC’s top 5 English News channels list in 2020. The channel had appeared in the lists earlier in calendar year 2020 in week 1.

Latest Reads
NBA deplores abuses against anchors, reporters

MUMBAI: The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has expressed grave concern over the tendency among certain sections of people to resort to abuses and threats against anchors and reporters working in news channels.  A NBA release said that particular trend has been noticed after the electronic...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Sony Pictures Network premieres film promoting positivity amid COVID-19 pandemic

'Stay at home’, ‘stay safe’, ‘wash your hands’, ‘work from home’, ‘maintain social distancing’ are the statements that one hears these days. In these tough circumstances, stalwarts of the Indian film industry have come together with a unique short film, Family, to spread the message that social...

Television TV Channels GECs
The show must go on! When news anchors broadcast live from homes

The COVID-10 pandemic has virtually thrown every aspect of human life out of gear. The television media, in particular the news genre, teetered on the brink of breakdown in the face of an unprecedented lock-down. But, as they say, the show must go on.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
News18 India urges viewers to join PM Modi’s appeal with ‘Ek Diya Desh ke Naam’

Network18's Hindi news channel News18 India has lined-up exclusive programming Ek Diya Desh Ke Naam for its viewers in line with the prime minister Narendra Modi's clarion call. PM Modi recently urged the people to switch off lights for nine minutes at 9 pm on 5 April and light candles, diyas,...

Television TV Channels Viewership
Doordarshan brings Jungle Books during lock-down

One Take Media Co, the global content distribution hub has agreed to offer the popular Jungle Book series for a free run on Doordarshan TV, to keep Indian kids occupied at home during lockdown.

Television TV Channels Viewership
Network18 announces elevations and appointments within the group

MUMBAI: The media conglomerate Network18 announced important elevations and appointments within the group. The changes, which come into effect immediately, are also a consequence of the dynamics of integration which is the future of the news. The group in its press statement said that the...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
B4U Social Cause - During corona outbreak

MUMBAI: In the current Scenario when the entire world is waging a war against the outbreak of deadly Novel Corona Virus it is imperative that each and every person pitches in and does their best to contribute in their own capacity to fight this pandemic.

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
Comedy Central records highest ever rating

MUMBAI: Comedy Central India has recorded its highest ever rating in India (4 MN Tvts), nearly double its previous best, breaking all records and owning the #1 position in the English GEC category. The specially curated property “Quaran-binge” will air a marathon line up of all your favorite shows...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
SC breather for NDTV in tax assessment case; I-T dept issues fresh notice

MUMBAI: The Supreme Court may have ruled in favour of New Delhi Television in tax assessment case; however, the government has sent a fresh notice to the media company in the same regard. On Friday, the apex court quashed the notice of Income Tax Department seeking to re-assess the income of NDTV...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required