Republic TV trounces Times Now to be #1 in debut week

18 May,2017


By A Correspondent

The all-important BARCIndia numbers for Week 19 are out. BARC, short for Broadcast Audience Research Council, the joint industry body that measures television audiences in India, has released its data for Week 19 that’s May 6 to 12.

It may be remembered, Republic launched on May 6, the first day of Week 19. So it was a ratings-friendly launch, and with a bang given ‘super-exclusives’ every day.

Note, we normally do not like to report on the ratings of just one week, so it would be incorrect to say that Republic TV is the new #1 English News Channel. That statement is best made after numbers for four straight weeks are out. However, it would be right to say that Republic TV has trounced Times Now to be the #1 in Week 19.

Interestingly, if you look at the table above, the impressions for Times Now have also leapfrogged, and so have the number for CNN-News18 and NDTV 24×7.

The numbers of course are thanks to the until-so-far-not illegal way of making use of distribution dynamics which allows for multiple distribution points by way of negotiations with the last mile.

Said Arnab Goswami, Founder, Republic TV:  “I feel blessed with the love, support and the massive viewership that Republic TV has received. It reaffirms my faith that people watch what they find credible. I am deeply grateful to the people of this country for making Republic TV, the No. 1 news channel in India.”

Added Vikas Khanchandani, CEO, Republic TV said, “We attribute our success and the channel’s credibility, strong line-up of experienced journalists led by fantastic leader and managing editor. Our cohesive & motivated team has worked tirelessly to get us here. Content is king and differentiated content is God and Republic has managed to connect with audiences across age profiles which differentiates us from all the rest in the genre.”


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