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No change in ranks as Republic TV continues to dominate English news

BARC's list and ranks of English news channels in week 24 were the same as week 23

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BENGALURU: There was no change in the list or ranks of channels in Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) weekly list of top 5 English news channels in week 24 of 2019 (Saturday, 8 June 2019 to Friday, 14 June 2019, week under review or consideration) as compared to the previous week when English news ratings had plunged.

All the five channels recorded even lower ratings in week 24 of 2019 than in week 23. Combined ratings of the top English news channels plunged even further in week 24. This can probably be attributed to BARC having reverted to the earlier process of treatment of landing page beginning with week 23.Many in industry feel that BARC reverting to treatment of landing pages and filtering out data from outliers is better. Added to this is the fact that the timings of the ongoing cricket journey by the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales overlap primetime of most channels, including English news, could have affected viewership ratings.

Like week 23, Republic TV continued to rule the English news genre in week 24 of 2019 with 0.566 million weekly impressions as compared to 0.582 million weekly impressions in week 23. Times Now followed at second place in week 24 of 2019 with 0.418 million weekly impressions as compared to 0.463 million weekly impressions in week 23.

At third rank was DD India with 0.334 million weekly impressions in week 24 of 2019 as compared to 0.408 million weekly impressions in week 23. CNN News18 was ranked fourth with 0.289 million weekly impressions as compared to 0.375 million weekly impressions in week 23. India Today Television completed the quintet with 0.251 million weekly impressions in week 24 of 2019 as compared to 0.259 million weekly impressions in the previous week.

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