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ABP News replaced Zee News as the No. 2 channel in urban HSM, according to BARC data for the week ended 1 September.
Arch rivals Republic TV and Times Now both saw their viewership grow significantly in Week 28.
Zee News beat Aaj Tak to become the No. 1 Hindi news channel in urban Hindi-speaking market (HSM), as per BARC India data for the week ended 7 July.
Republic TV was the No. 1 channel followed by Times Now. NDTV 24×7 was at No. 5.
Republic TV retained its English news channel leadership for the seventh consecutive week, albeit with a 9.86% drop in impressions compared to the previous week.
Although Republic TV continued to occupy the numero uno position, its nearest competitor Times Now narrowed the gap in Week 24. The difference between the two channels was a mere 28,000 impressions.
Republic TV led Week 23 with 1.05 mn impressions. Closely trailing Republic TV at No. 2 was Times Now with 0.74 mn impressions. Aaj Tak reclaimed leadership in urban HSM from Zee News.
The top two English news channels had more than 60% of the genre viewership. After ratings blackout of NBA member channels, the 22nd week saw the genre return to normalcy.
Arnab Goswami-helmed Republic TV has been seeing its viewership erode since its debut week high, though all the while maintaining its leadership position. In a week when most of the top English news channels were not measured by BARC, Republic TV saw a 40.5% drop in impressions.