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Arnab’s Republic TV lords over English news channels even as viewership drops 19.55%
MUMBAI: Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV retained its grip on the English news genre after emerging as the No. 1 channel in its launch week itself.
Republic TV’s weekly impressions dropped 19.55% to 1.7 million impressions in Week 20.
At No. 2, Times Now was almost half of Republic TV’s weekly impressions. The Times Network-owned channel also saw a drop in its impressions as did the other three channels in the top 5.
NDTV 24×7, which had come in at the third position in Week 20, fell to the bottom of the table. India Today TV recovered to grab the No. 3 position. CNN News18 too moved up to the fourth position.
The English news channels affiliated to the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) have accused Republic TV of using unfair means like dual slots on platforms to get higher viewership. Goswami has hit back saying that others have done it too but he is being singled out.
Irked by BARC’s decision to release Republic TV’s data for Week 19, the English news channels have boycotted BARC India by removing watermark from their channels. This means that the data for these channels will not be available week 21 onwards until the issue is resolved.
Top Hindi news channels in U+R HSM
Zee News emerged as the No. 2 channel in urban + rural Hindi-speaking market (HSM), according to BARC data for the week ended 19 May.
India TV dropped to the third position. Others retained their positions.
Top Hindi news channels in Rural HSM
In rural HSM, ABP News rose to No. 2 while India TV fell to No. 4. There was no other change in the order.
Top Hindi news channels in Urban HSM
The urban HSM remained unchanged.
Top English business news channels
The English business news channels, though seeing no change, saw a drop in their impressions.
Top Hindi business news channels
CNBC Awaaz and Zee Business also witnessed a drop in their respective impressions.