If the return of Ramayan and Mahabharat was a pleasant surprise, the manner in which the viewers have lapped up the iconic shows has been even more surprising. The manner in which memes and tweets were shared over the rerun has not been witnessed for a lot of shows in recent times. As a result, the TV ratings of these serials have been record-breaking.
After making the best start for a premiere in five years, Ramayan continues to be the most-watched TV show. In the figures released by the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) for week 15, from April 11 to April 17, with over 67,000 impressions, it was miles ahead of Mahabharat, which was the second-most watched show with over one-third of impressions than that of Ramayan.
After reports that claimed that Doordarshan’s viewership went up by over 40,000, the channel continues to be the most-watched channel in the country, across categories, be it in Hindi general entertainment, in rural or urban, with over 26 lakh impressions, beating channels like Sun TV, Dangal and more.
Ramayan airs on Doordarshan National, everyday at 9 am and 9pm. Mahabharat airs on DD Bharati, everyday at 12pm and 7 pm. The popularity of the shows has been so much that actors like Arun Govil, Dipika Chikhalia, Nitish Bharadwaj have attained stardom again.