Television

May'21 ad volume 64% higher than last year : BARC

As many as 1,347 new advertisers came on-board this May.

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Mumbai: Television continues to stay strong and resilient as a medium of advertising amid the second wave of the pandemic. Despite a marginal dip in April 2021, ad volumes in May 2021 have witnessed a 64 per cent growth as compared to May 2020, said Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) in its latest THINK report for May, 2021. The growth numbers remained at par with 2018 and 2019.

In a piece of good news for the broadcasters, out of the total of 2142 advertisers in May 2021, as many as 1,347 (63 per cent) were new advertisers. The FMCG category continued to dominate ad volumes with 72 per cent share, followed by ecommerce, with 10 per cent share in May.

“2021 began on a high note for television Ad Volumes. Moreover, it attracted over 60 per cent of the total advertisers in May this year, indicating that advertisers continue to bank on the medium. With lockdown easing up and upcoming big events, we expect TV Advertising to remain strong this year,” said BARC India Head – client partnership and revenue function Aaditya Pathak.

Regional genres bounce back

Advertising on GEC and movies genre continued to grow and both the genres outperformed the same period for the previous three years. While GECs witnessed a growth of 74 per cent, over last year, movies genres saw a growth of 76 per cent compared to May 2020.

Owing to the increasing consumption of regional content, advertising on South language GECs registered a staggering growth of 103 per cent while the rest of the Regional GECs witnessed 53 per cent growth in May 2021 vs May 2020. South Movies and Regional Movies channels witnessed 85 per cent and 129 per cent growth for the same period.

Steady growth of Top 10 advertisers

While over 70 per cent of advertising was dominated by the Top 50 Advertisers in May, the Top 10 advertisers had the highest share of 54 per cent since 2018. Advertising by the Top 10 advertisers continues to see steady growth.

Growth observed in ad volumes in the first quarter of 2021 has evidently seeped into the ongoing second quarter of the year, despite state-wide partial lockdowns being implemented in various parts of the country. Moreover, the growth witnessed in May 2021 reinforces the strength and robustness of television as a medium.

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