TV viewership grew by 9% while time-spent increased to 4 hrs 2 mins daily in 2020: BARC

The report further stated that television ad volumes grew by 34% in the second half of 2020 compared to the first half

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Published: Mar 1, 2021 4:01 PM  | 2 min read

Total TV viewership grew by 9% in 2020 compared to 2019 while the average time spent increased to 4 hours 2 minutes daily in 2020 from 3 hours 42 minutes in 2019, according to the third edition of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India's YEARBOOK titled The Year After Two Thousand & Nineteen.

The report further stated that television ad volumes grew by 34% in the second half of 2020 compared to the first half. The top 10 advertising sectors contributed 80% to total ad volumes in 2020. Communication by the government was on an upsurge during the lockdown. Ad Volumes for government messaging grew by 184% (2.7 times) during Apr-June 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.

According to the report, TV played a significant role in keeping people connected with the outside world during the lockdown. Consequently, TV Viewership witnessed a growth of 23% during Mid-March to June (Week 11-26) as compared to the January to early March period (Week 1-10).

Non-Prime Time (NPT) Viewership for General Entertainment Channels (GEC), News and Kids, grew by 16%, 26%, and 31% respectively in 2020 compared to 2019. Mythological Classics like Ramayan & Mahabharat made a comeback on our TV screens, Week 13, 2020 onwards. Ramayana now holds the record of the most-watched TV program in the world.

Driven by the classics, advertisers placed their bets on DD’s GECs during the lockdown. Ad Volumes for DD’s GECs grew by 62% in the Apr-June quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

IPL-13 viewership grew by 23% compared to IPL-12 with 400 Bn Total Viewing Minutes. The Opening match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at Abu Dhabi was the most viewed with 11.2 Billion Viewing Minutes.

Commenting on the launch of the YEARBOOK, BARC India CEO Sunil Lulla said, “The year was a consolidation and reaffirmation year for television in India. It was marked by a substantial increase in TV viewership with total TV growing by 9% and Ad Volumes experiencing a staggering growth of 34% in the second half. 2020 reaffirmed the strength of television as a medium in India amongst both viewers and advertisers, proving TV is indeed the screen of choice for the household. TV continues to grow with regional markets gaining prominence. BARC India will continue to work towards our vision, to always be the trusted source of authentic measurement and reporting of “What India Watches”."

The YEARBOOK offers exclusive insights and extensive data on “What India Watched” in 2020 along with trends across the pandemic struck months with a special focus on four distinct phases, viz., Pre-COVID, COVID: During Lockdown, COVID: Unlock, and Year Ender.

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