BARC & Nielsen Report- TV AD Volumes In Unlock Period Surpasses Pre-Covid Volumes By 12%

The report explains the ‘Impact Of COVID-19 On TV Viewership And Smartphone Behaviour Across India – Edition 11’.

BARC & Nielsen report

This is the eleventh edition of the report on ‘Crisis Consumption on TV and Smartphones’ jointly released by BARC India and Nielsen Media. 

BARC India is the official currency on Television Measurement in India and Nielsen Media runs a 12,000 strong smartphone panel in India passively capturing smartphone behaviour.


BARC India

Nielsen Smartphone Panel


All India (Urban + Rural)

All India (Urban 1 Lakh plus)


ALL NCCS 2+ years

            1.          NCCS ABC 15-44 years

   2.         Android Smartphone Users

Time Period

PRE COVID  - 11th Jan 2020- 31st Jan 2020

PRE COVID -  13th Jan 2020 - 2nd Feb 2020

Some of the Key Highlights of TV and Smartphone consumption are as follows: -

  1. Total TV viewership has shown consistent growth in the last 12 weeks – Current week Daily Average Reach is 7% higher and Average, Daily Time Spent is 13% higher than pre-COVID period. 
  2. Growth in current week vs pre-Covid period is seen across both Primetime (3%) and Non-Primetime (44%) and also across HSM and South markets. 
  3. Overall smartphone usage is slightly lower than pre-COVID levels. The drop in the recent weeks is on account of time on banned apps getting reduced.
  4. On TV, share of different genre is more or less back to pre-COVID levels – Original programming bringing back the GEC genre both in HSM and South Markets; News and Movies see a growth in Primetime.
  5. On Smartphones - revival seen in shopping (surpasses Pre-COVID levels in recent weeks), Education and Video Conferencing continues to grow - almost 1 in 5 people accessing them, Overall time spent on Video Streaming returns to pre-COVID levels.
  6. Independence Day event garnered 4.6 BN viewing minutes – highest viewership in last 2 years – also higher than all the previous PM addresses during COVID.
  7. Live Telecast of Ayodhya Bhoomi Pujan garnered 7.3 BN viewing minutes.
  8. On Content viewed on Smartphones - Sushant Singh starrer “Dil Bechara” tops Movie Charts in Week 1 of release, followed by action thriller “Khuda Hafiz”, “Mastram” continues to top the Original Series charts, followed by “Bandish Bandits”, “Dangerous”  & “Aarya”, Share of time spent on Syndicated series on OTT increases as new programming resumes.
  9. AD Volumes in Unlock period surpassed Pre-Covid Volumes by ~12% - Top 10 Advertiser inventory increased by 34% in Unlock period compared to Pre COVID period.