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News channels fail to retain previous week's shine; fall marginally in week 13 of BARC

Republic TV becomes the only channel to report a positive show

MUMBAI: As we are about to conclude the third week of the 21-day lockdown due to the COVID-19 situation, the overall news genre viewership has slumped marginally in week 13 (28 March – 3 April) of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India, as compared to the earlier week (21-27 March).

Hindi news channels fell by over 11 per cent, while English news channels by a mere 2 per cent. Despite the fall in week-on-week basis, the news channels have shown a stellar performance this week too in terms of viewership as same as the last two weeks i.e. week 11 and 12 of BARC.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the whole nation to go under lockdown and only news channels generate fresh content by giving a timely update of the rising infected and death counts.

Leading the chart for the straight thirteenth week, TV Today Network’s Hindi news channel Aaj Tak has declined by over 19 per cent to 429,900 weekly impressions in the current week as compared to 532,102 in week 12. The channel reported the best numbers in terms of viewership in the last week.

However, the channel has seen maximum growth among all national genre leaders, as it grew by around 300 per cent, on average impressions of the week 1 -11 as against the average of week 12-13.

Retaining its second position for a second consecutive week, ABP News Network’s Hindi news channel ABP News has also dropped marginally by over 8 per cent to 311,382 weekly impressions in week 13 as against 340,659 in the previous week. For the first time ever, the channel has posted its best weekly viewership numbers in week 12 of BARC.

Zee Entertainment Enterprises’ Hindi news channel Zee News has maintained its third spot in the current week too; however, it has fallen by 11 per cent in terms of viewership. The channel garnered 300,324 weekly impressions in week 13 as compared to 337,359 impressions in the previous week.

India TV has secured the fourth spot. Despite moving one rank up from the previous, the channel marginally declined by around five per cent to 282,228 impressions in week 13 versus 296,305 impressions in week 12.

Struggling to make a place in the top five news channels’ list for the last two weeks, Republic Media Network’s Hindi news channel Republic Bharat has secured the fifth spot with 280,219 weekly impressions. The channel has always been featured in the top five channels' list in the urban segment HSM.

Where all other channels declined marginally in week 13, Republic Media Network’s English news channel Republic TV has gained by over six per cent to 2082 weekly impressions in the current week as compared to 1962 in week 12. The channel has been the leader in terms of viewership for the straight thirteenth week of BARC.

Retaining its second spot for the thirteenth week in a row, Times News Network’s English News channel Times Now declined by over six per cent to 1284 impressions in the current week as against 1375 impressions in week 12. The channel reported best-ever numbers in term of viewership in the previous week of BARC.

TV Today Network’s English news channel India Today has dipped by 0.7 percent in terms of viewership in week 13. Maintaining its third spot, the channel garnered 1182 weekly impressions in week 13 as compared to 1190 impressions in the earlier week of BARC.

In the megacities category, India Today has become the most-watched with number one rank. The channel grew by over 12 per cent to 657,000 impressions in megacities among NCCS 22 plus Male AB in week 13 as compared to 583,000 impressions in the last week.

Similarly, Network18’s English news channel CNN-News18 has retained its fourth spot in the list for the third consecutive week of BARC. The channel slumped than its peers by over 23 per cent to 653 weekly impressions in week 13 as against 848 impressions in the previous week.

Featuring for the very first time in the top five English news channel’s list so far this year, Zee Media’s international news channel has secured the fifth spot. The channel has gained at least 623 weekly impressions in week 13, little less than CNN-News18.

According to a joint report released by BARC and Nielsen India on the crisis consumption – the impact of COVID-19, the overall news broadcasters grew by over 250 per cent in terms of viewership in week 13 as compared to combined week two and four of BARC.

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