The Media Research Users Council (MRUC) has released the IRS 2019Q3 data, except for Andhra Pradesh, due to sample shortfall in the state.
“The IRS 2019Q3 data, including AP, will be released in a fortnight's time. Comparative analysis until then, at all-India level, will not be permissible,” MRUC said in a press statement.
The 2019Q3 data is a rolling average of the last quarter of IRS 2017 (Q4) and three quarters of IRS 2019 (Q1+Q2+Q3). IRS 2019Q3 fieldwork covers August 2019 through November 2019.
While the reporting sample size at all India level (including AP) is 3.30 lakh Households (Urban: 2.14L Households and Rural: 1.15L Households), without AP, the reported all India sample size will be 3.15lakh Households (2.05L HH in Urban and 1.09L HH in Rural).
IRS 2019 Q3 fieldwork in Jammu and Kashmir was adversely affected because of political and administrative developments in the state (now union territory). Hence, the council decided to report J&K data by utilising and projecting the last 4 quarters of IRS data i.e. Q3+Q4 2017 and Q1+Q2 2019 to the updated universe for the current round of IRS 2019Q3.
Pratap Pawar, Chairman, Sakal Media and Chairman of MRUC, said, “IRS being the world’s largest survey not only reflects the ground reality in terms of print readership, but also for other media and product consumption. The stringent field monitoring system, rigorous data validation processes and the overall methodology of IRS ensures the industry gets a robust and reliable data.”
Vikram Sakhuja, Group CEO Madison Media & OOH, Madison World and IRS Technical Committee Chairman, added, "The IRS is a fascinating barometer of how India consumes media. From this round, we see that Indians consumption of media continues to grow with digital growing on top of other mediums remaining steady. I would urge all marketers to deep dive into the data. There are fascinating insights about the diversity that is India waiting to be found.”