Times Now replaces DD India at second spot in English news genre

Times Now was ranked in second position four times since week 13 of 2019

BENGALURU: After the dingdong struggle between the Arnab Goswami-led Republic TV and pubcaster Doordarshan’s (DD) English news channel DD India for first rank, is there another skirmish  in the offing in the English news genre for second place? Once supremo of the English news genre – Times Now and DD India are now vying for second rank or so it seems. Since week 13 of 2019 when Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) recommenced publishing viewership data in the public domain, Times Now was consistently ranked third until week 21 of 2019 when it climbed up to second rank, only to drop to third place a week later. Times Now once again climbed up a place to second rank in week 23, retain the same rank in week 24, dropped to third rank in week 25 and then clambered up again to second rank in week 26 of 2019 (Saturday, 22 June 2019 to Friday, 28 June 2019, week under review).

In the tussle between Republic TV and DD India, the latter lost the struggle post week 20 at rank 2, to plunge to rank 4 in week 22 and then gradually clambered up to rank 2(
in the previous week, only to come down to rank 3 during the week under review. 

Viewership dips again

After a small increase in the previous week, the combined weekly impressions of BARC’s weekly list of top 5 English news channels fell slightly in week 26 of 2019. Ratings of a number of channels have been affected( BARC having reverted to an earlier method for treating landing pages since week 23 of 2019 and also because the timings of the ICC World Cup cricket tourney that is on currently in England and Wales overlap primetime of most genres. In a cricket crazy country like India, well, cricket viewership wins.

Please refer to chart below.

Top 5 English news channels

Republic TV retained its first rank in BARC’s weekly list for top 5 English news channels (All India (U+R): NCCS AB: Males 22+ Individuals) in week 26 of 2019 with 0.579 million weekly impressions as compared to 0.572 million weekly impressions in week 25. As mentioned above, Times Now climbed up to second place during the week under review with 0.428 million weekly impressions as compared to third rank and 0.402 million weekly impressions in week 24.

At third rank was DD India in week 26 of 2019 with 0.407 million weekly impressions as compared to 0.441 million weekly impressions in the previous week. Climbing up a place to fourth rank in week 26 of 2019 was CNN News18 with 0.284 million weekly impressions as compared to fifth rank and 0.261 million weekly impressions in week 25. Dropping a place to fifth rank was India Today Television with 0.220 million weekly impressions in week 26 0f 2019 as compared to fourth rank and 0.264 million weekly impressions in the previous week.

Latest Reads
MIB adds DD Yadagiri in must-carry list for broadcasters

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has mandated all distribution platform operators to carry DD Yadagiri as a must-carry Doordarshan channel. In its recent notification, MIB stated that DD Yadagiri is the 27th mandatory Doordarshan channel and according to section 8 of the...

Television TV Channels Terrestrial
CNBC-TV18 introduces #CNBCTV18Tweetathon on its 20th anniversary

MUMBAI: CNBC-TV18, country’s leading English business news platform is hosting India’s biggest business unconference on Twitter on 6th December. To mark its 20th anniversary the channel is introducing #CNBCTV18Tweetathon, an unconventional conference with renowned personalities like Shereen Bhan,...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
&flix to air World TV Premiere of 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' on December 8

MUMBAI: &flix recently announced World Television Premieres of Hollywood movies. This time, the destination for the biggest Hollywood hits, is set to launch a new offering that is sure to delight viewers. The channel will offer movie enthusiasts a chance to leap forth into limitless...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
Maharashtra political dance pips English News ratings 24 per cent in week 48

The political dance, the shenanigans by various political parties for premiership in Maharashtra politics provided News channels with more eyeballs in week 48 of 2019 (Saturday, 23 November 2019 to Friday, 29 November 2019, week or period under review) as compared to the previous week according to...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
BARC week 48: No changes in pecking order of top five Hindi GECs

In week 48 of BARC India ratings, Star Ustav has jumped to eight position from tenth last week in the urban market. The channel has also moved one step up on the pay platform from ninth position to eight.

Television TV Channels Viewership
NDTV files civil appeal in Supreme Court against SAT order

MUMBAI: NDTV has filed a civil appeal in the Supreme Court, challenging the 7 August SAT order that upheld a Rs 2 crore penalty on the media company imposed by SEBI for disclosure lapses regarding tax demand of Rs 450 crore. “NDTV has on 3 December 2019, filed a Civil Appeal before the Hon’ble...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Optimystix appoints Rajesh Bahl as director and group CEO

MUMBAI: Optimystix, the leading production house in both Fiction and Non-Fiction programming, appointed Rajesh Bahl as the Director and Group Chief Executive Officer. In his role as Director & Group CEO, Rajesh will not only be responsible for Optimystix’s growth strategy but will also help the...

Television TV Channels People
MTV Beats unveils exciting line-up for December

MUMBAI: Striding into the third year, India’s fastest growing 24*7 Hindi music channel, MTV Beats continues to hold the baton high for all things Bollywood and Music. As a one-stop-shop for the most happening Bollywood music, MTV Beats has reached approximately 500 million viewers over the last...

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
Network18 denies asset sales to Times Group in BSE filing

MUMBAI: Network 18 has dismissed media reports of its asset sales to Times Group, calling the story “false and malicious,” in its latest Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) filing. “We refer to your email...seeking clarification on news item ‘Network18 denies reports on assets sale to Times Group,”...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories