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Aaj Tak leads Hindi news by a huge margin as Centre scraps Article 370 from J&K; Republic tops English

Viewership of both Hindi and English news channels soared on August 5 and during the entire week (Week 32 of 2019, BARC India data)

India remained hooked to television news channels on August 5, 2019, as the Modi government ended the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and split the state into two union territories. People continued to stick to their television sets for the next few days as they anxiously watched the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

As a result, the viewership of both Hindi and English news channels soared on August 5 and during the entire week (Week 32 of 2019, BARC India data).

Among Hindi news viewers, Aaj Tak was the first choice. The channel garnered 50.8 mn Impressions and 1.5 bn viewing minutes, 75% more than the No. 2 channel Zee News and almost double than the average of next four channels.

Viewership of Hindi news genre & top 5 channels on August 5, 2019 (full day)

Rank

Channel

Impressions

Viewing Minutes

 

Hindi News Genre

229.6 mn

6.8 bn

1

Aaj Tak

50.8 mn

1.5 bn

2

Zee News

29.8 mn

894.7 mn

3

Republic Bharat

24.5 mn

736.9 mn

4

India TV

22.4 mn

673.3 mn

5

ABP News

22.1 mn

664.3 mn

TG: HSM 15+: August 5, 2019

 

During the entire week, Aaj Tak led the genre with a big margin. The channel garnered 222 mn Impressions, beating the No. 2 channel Zee News by 75 mn Impressions. Zee News recorded 147 mn Impressions. News18 India was at No. 3 with 134 mn Impressions followed by India TV and ABP News with 134 mn and 131 mn Impressions, respectively.

English news

Republic TV topped English news channels on August 5 with 182.3k Impressions and 5.4 mn viewing minutes. Times Now was the second most-watched English news channel, garnering 136.9k Impressions and 4.1 mn viewing minutes.

Viewership of English news genre & top 5 channels on August 5, 2019 (full day)

Rank

Channel

Impressions

Viewing Minutes

 

English News Genre

713.2K

21.3 mn

1

Republic TV

182.3K

5.4 mn

2

Times Now

136.9K

4.1 mn

3

CNN News18

90.3K

2.7 mn

4

DD India

81.4K

2.4 mn

5

India Today Television

75.5K

2.2 mn

TG: All India NCCS AB, Male 22+: August 5, 2019

 

During the Week 32 of 2019, Republic TV held the top position with 871k Impressions followed by Times Now, which garnered 630k Impressions. DD India recorded 528k Impressions and was at No. 3. CNN-News18 and India Today were at No. 4 and No. 5 with 439k and 417k Impressions, respectively.

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