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General Elections 2019: Aaj Tak and Republic TV win viewers’ mandate

Along with the week 21, Aaj Tak led during exit polls and counting day in HSM markets. Republic TV led the English news channels in the all-India market while India Today TV led the mega-cities' markets on counting day

Aaj Tak remained the most-watched Hindi news channel as the General Elections 2019 concluded with the counting of votes on May 23, 2019, according to BARC India data released for Week 21 (May 18 - 24) of 2019. The channel broke viewership records for any Hindi news channel, garnering 336 million Impressions during the week. [Hindi News Channels: HSM (U+R): NCCS All: 15+ Individuals].

ABP News remained No. 2 with a viewership of 244 million Impressions for the Week 21. India TV grabbed No. 3 position with 194 million Impressions followed by Republic Bharat with 189 million Impressions. The fifth position was held by News18 India which garnered 186 million Impressions.

Top 10 Hindi news channels in Week 21:

HSM/15+

Impressions'000

Channel

P4WA

2019W21

G/D%

Hindi News Genre

896022

1675399

87%

Aaj Tak

146153

335841

130%

ABP News

100133

243653

143%

India TV

119436

193985

62%

Republic Bharat

112419

188787

68%

News18 India

108745

186475

71%

Zee News

92435

151680

64%

News 24

41262

78158

89%

News Nation

49575

77349

56%

India News

25047

48164

92%

NDTV India

23814

39822

67%

On May 19, when all the news channels were showing exit polls, Aaj Tak remained at No. 1 followed by India TV, Republic Bharat, ABP News and News18 India.

Top 10 Hindi news channels on May 19 during exit poll:

HSM/15+

Impressions'000

Channels

P4WA

2019W21

G/D%

Hindi News

124670

212109

70%

Aaj Tak

21714

47725

120%

India TV

16800

25831

54%

Republic Bharat

16613

24412

47%

ABP News

13274

22809

72%

News18 India

14624

21603

48%

Zee News

11425

19260

69%

News 24

5857

11333

93%

News Nation

7171

9802

37%

NDTV India

2773

6276

126%

India News

3159

6183

96%

On final counting day, May 23, Aaj Tak led the pack followed by ABP News, India TV, Republic Bharat and News18 India.

Top 10 Hindi news channels on counting day, May 23, 2019:

HSM/15+

Impressions'000

Channels

P4WA

2019W21

G/D%

Hindi News

124670

212109

70%

Aaj Tak

21714

47725

120%

India TV

16800

25831

54%

Republic Bharat

16613

24412

47%

ABP News

13274

22809

72%

News18 India

14624

21603

48%

Zee News

11425

19260

69%

News 24

5857

11333

93%

News Nation

7171

9802

37%

NDTV India

2773

6276

126%

India News

3159

6183

96%

English news channels

Among English news channels, Republic TV emerged as No. 1 with 1,414k Impressions in Week 21 [All India (U+R): NCCS AB: Males 22+ Individuals]. Times Now was No. 2 with 1,058k Impressions followed by DD India with 884k Impressions.

India Today TV was at No. 4 with 856k Impressions while CNN-News18 garnered 772k Impressions during the Week 21.

Top 10 English news channels in Week 21:

All India/ABM22+

Impressions'000

Channels

P4WA

2019W21

G/D%

English News

2711

5944

119%

Republic TV

595

1414

137%

Times Now

443

1058

139%

DD India

557

884

59%

India Today Television

299

856

186%

CNN News18

297

772

160%

NDTV 24x7

172

368

114%

Mirror Now

88

147

67%

WION(v)

63

119

88%

India Ahead

47

94

99%

BBC World News

87

87

0%

On Exit poll day, May 19, Republic TV led the pack followed by Times Now, DD India, India Today TV and CNN News18.

Top 10 English news channels on Exit poll day, May 19, 2019:

All India/ABM22+

Impressions'000

Channels

P4WA

2019W21

G/D%

English News

393.8

936.9

138%

Republic TV

76.9

217.7

183%

Times Now

58.6

159.6

172%

DD India

99.5

156.0

57%

India Today Television

42.6

139.2

227%

CNN News18

43.2

108.3

150%

NDTV 24x7

22.8

62.5

174%

Mirror Now

9.8

37.2

280%

WION(v)

10.9

16.3

50%

Times Now World

3.0

13.0

337%

News X

4.6

12.6

173%

In all India markets on counting day, May 23, Republic TV retained the leadership followed by Times Now, CNN-News18, India Today TV and DD India.

Top 10 English news channels on counting day, May 23, 2019:

All India/ABM22+

Impressions'000

Channels

P4WA

2019W21

G/D%

English News

378.7

2080.2

449%

Republic TV

79.8

551.4

591%

Times Now

67.2

370.2

451%

CNN News18

42.7

324.0

659%

India Today Television

45.9

318.8

594%

DD India

69.3

208.4

201%

NDTV 24x7

20.2

154.1

664%

WION(v)

9.6

37.7

292%

Mirror Now

16.1

34.0

111%

News X

7.5

31.5

320%

BBC World News

9.2

19.3

109%

In megacities, India Today TV topped the chart followed by Republic TV, Times Now, CNN-News18 and NDTV 24x7, according to the data shared by a BARC subscriber channel.

Top 10 English news channels on counting day in megacities:

All India/ NCCS All 22+

Impressions'000

Channels

2019W21

English News

1195.01

India Today Television

300.34

Republic TV

298.33

Times Now

262.46

CNN News18

157.75

NDTV24x7

83.45

WION(v)

58.01

Mirror Now

16.83

NewsX

12.59

India Ahead

5.24

 

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