The TightRoPe Walk
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. Star Plus, the leading Hindi general entertainment channel (GEC) from Star India, finds its numero uno status on the GEC roster frequently challenged, where channels swap places on a regular basis. Recently, Zee Entertainment Enterprises promoted GEC Zee TV pipped Star Plus for the number one place. The grand finale of dance reality show Dance India Dance gave Zee TV the rush of ratings, allowing it to score 283 gross rating points (GRP) in week 33 (August 12-18) while Star Plus came second place with 255 GRPs, according to data released by television audience measurement agency TAM Media Research. In week 36 (September 2-8), Zee proved that its ratings climb-up was not an aberration and zoomed to top position again. A year back, it was Viacom18’s GEC Colors that had dethroned Star Plus and was the major cause of worry for the channel.
According to the latest data available, things have rolled back into place for Star Plus. In week 37 (September 9-15), Star Plus leads the Hindi general entertainment pack with 250 GRPs, while Zee comes second with 240 GRPs.
The weekly toss-up implies an increase or decrease of ad revenues, since rates are validated
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