Television

English News viewership decline continues in week 3 of 2020

4 - week average combined viewership of top 5 channels in week 3 was down 23%

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/31/barc.jpg?itok=aghYmWax

BENGALURU: Viewership of English News channels continued a downward spiral in in week 3 of 2020 (Saturday, 18 January 2020 to Friday, 24 January 2020, week under review). Analysis of Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) data of 44 weeks between week 13 of 2019 and week 3 of 2020 reveals that the four week combined average viewership of the top 5 English News channels declined 23 percent for week 53 of 2019 and week 3 of 2020  (4 week period under review) to 1.724 million weekly impressions as compared to the average combined viewership of the 44 week period of 2.235 million weekly impressions. Viewership during the period under review declined 15.1 percent from 2.032 million weekly impressions calculated for the immediate trailing 4 week period (week 49 to week 52 of 2019).

The last few weeks have been reasonably eventful. Among the newsworthy happenings include the fact that the fall out of the Citizenship Amendment Act is still unfolding, not only in India but in other geographies as well. Further, assembly elections for the state of Delhi have been announced, the lawyers of the condemned Nirbhaya rapists managed to delay their executions to the first of February. Please refer to the figure below for the four week average of combined ratings of top 5 English News channels between weeks 13 of 2019 and 3 of 2020.

It must be noted that BARC had stopped publishing data in the public domain between weeks 6 and 12 of 2019 to allow for ratings to stabilize after the implementation of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) New Tariff Order (NTO), hence data between weeks 13 of 2019 and 3 of 2020 has been considered in this paper. Though the combined ratings of the top 5 English News channels in week 3 of 2020 were slightly higher than those of the immediate trailing week (week 2 of 2020), they were 24 percent lower than the 44 week average.

The figure below shows that combined ratings of the top 5 English News channels between week 13 of 2019 and week 3 of 2020.

Week 3 of 2020

Ranks 1, 2  and were held by the same channels in week 3 of 2020 as in the previous week – Republic TV, Times Now and India Today TV retained places 1, 2 and 3 respectively. DD India pushed its way to fourth rank from fifth rank in week 3 of 2020,  while CNN News18 dropped to fifth place from fourth. Please refer to the figure below: 

Two channels lost viewership in week 3 of 2020 – CNN News18 and Republic TV as compared to the previous week, while the other 3 made slight gains. Arnab Goswami’sfirst placed Republic TV saw viewership decline by 5 percent to 0.568 million weekly impressions from 0.598 million. At rank two, Times Now saw viewership climb 11 percent to 0.472 million weekly impressions from 0.425 million weekly impressions. Third ranked India Today Television saw  viewership increase 4.3 percent to 0.265 million weekly impressions in week 3 of 2020 from 0.254 million weekly impressions in week 2. At rank 4, DD India saw viewership rise 7.3 percent to 0.207 million weekly impressions in week 3 of 2020 from 0.193 million weekly impressions in the previous week. CNN News18 saw ratings decline 12.3 percent to 0.186 million weekly impressions  in week 3 of 2020 from 0.212 million weekly impressions in week 2.

Please refer to the figure below:


 

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/07/prive.jpg?itok=2_OkI4VJ
Witness The Past Collide With The Present In ‘After The Wedding’ Premiering On &PrivéHD

Every mystery begins with a secret. And when the layers start to unfold, one needs to come to terms with his own reality. A story of two women with contrasting personalities who have more in common than what meets the eye, &PrivéHD is set to premiere ‘After The Wedding.’ The latest family-drama...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/07/sonysab.jpg?itok=xJ2E7Ll_
Sony SAB to air fresh episodes of your favorite serials from July 13

Sony SAB - India’s leading Hindi General Entertainment Channel is all set to air fresh episodes of their shows starting July 13, 2020. The channel’s brand philosophy of 'Khushiyon Wali Feeling' has always been at the heart of its programming and has been embraced by the fans even during these...

Television TV Channels GECs
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/07/udsy.jpg?itok=DoIN6821
Uday Shankar stresses lowering dependence on ad rev

NEW DELHI: FICCI Frames, for the first time, conducted a digital virtual conference on the media and entertainment industry. Discussing the role of the creative economy to revitalise economic growth were The Walt Disney Asia Pacific chairman and Star and Disney India president and FICCI senior VP...

Television TV Channels GECs
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/07/shan.jpg?itok=VkRkbZ0t
Covid2019 task force's Dr Shashank Joshi to conduct virtual meeting with IFTPC today

MUMBAI: Dr Shashank Joshi, member of Covid2019 task force Maharashtra government, will address the members of Indian Film and Television Producers Council (IFTPC) on various issues related to Covid2019 in non-lockdown situations later today via a virtual meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 4 pm...

Television Production House Fiction
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/07/Prakash%20Natarajan.jpg?itok=Px9teLUO
India TV appoints Prakash Natarajan as CTO

MUMBAI: India TV has appointed Prakash Natarajan as CTO (chief technology officer), to take charge of the channel’s news broadcast operations. Before India TV, he was working as vice president, tech and operations in Network18 Pvt Ltd. This is Natarajan’s second stint with India TV.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/07/Priya%20Dogra.jpg?itok=erfZ0KKv
Priya Dogra appointed WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, EMEA & APAC president

MUMBAI: WarnerMedia, a division of AT&T Inc, announced the appointment of Priya Dogra as president, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, EMEA and APAC. For the time being, Dogra will continue her responsibilities as executive vice president, strategy and corporate development for WarnerMedia....

Television TV Channels People
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/07/covid.jpg?itok=UnJ-WO2p
Shooting amidst a pandemic causing anxiety: Binaifer Kohli

Television shoots which were halted due to Covid2019 pandemic have now resumed shooting after adhering to myriad instructions. Producers are taking all necessary precautions to ensure safety and security of cast and crew.

Television Production House Fiction
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/07/b.jpg?itok=YHtXzjZV
Production powerhouse Banijay unveils new brand identity

A new giant has emerged on the global TV production front with the completion of Banijay’s takeover of the Endemol Shine Group last week.  And the group has gone in for a rebranding exercise, revealing what it calls a new and contemporary brand identity.

Television Production House Fiction
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/06/ptc.jpg?itok=NH8pQ4GR
PTC Network Gave Wings To A New Era With World’s First Ever Online Award Ceremony: PTC Punjabi Film Awards 2020

PTC Network actually created history by converting a regular awards show into a virtual one and beating all odds to put up a fantastic gala roller coaster ride of a ceremony held on virtual stage with hosts joining in from different cities and audience watching with open mouth, wondering how was...

Television TV Shows Awards

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required