[TRP Talks] Diya Aur Baati Hum still manages to rule, Balika Vadhu follows it!

Television Shows TRP (This week) TRP (Last week)
Diya Aur Baati Hum (StarPlus) 5.0 5.6
Saath Nibhana Saathiya (StarPlus) 3.0 3.5
Ek Hazaron Mein Meri Behena Hai (StarPlus) 3.3 3.6
Balika Vadhu (Colors) 4.0 3.5
Pavitra Rishta (Zee TV) 2.8 2.5
Iss Pyaar Ko Kyaa Naam Doon (Star Plus) 2.5 2.8
Parichay (Colors) 2.3 2.1
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata hai (Star Plus) 3.1 3.4
Mann Ki Awaaz Pratigya (Star Plus) 3.1 3.0
Sasural Simar Ka (Colors) 2.9 2.4
Uttaran (Colors) 2.7 2.7
Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma (Sab TV) 2.6 2.7
Punar Vivah (Zee TV) 3.1 3.0
Ek Dusre Se Karte Hain Pyaar Hum (Star Plus) 1.8 1.8
Bade Acche Laggte Hain (Sony TV) 2.7 2.8
Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha (Colors) 1.6 1.8
Parvarrish – Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi (Sony TV) 1.6 1.7
Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada (Sony TV) 2.2 2.0
Phir Subah Hogi (Zee TV) 2.3 2.3
Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein (Zee TV) 2.5 2.7
Madhubala-Ek Ishq Ek Junoon (colors TV) 2.2 2.1
Byaah Humari Bahu Ka (Sony TV) 0.5 0.4
Kuch Toh Log Kahenge (Sony TV) (11 PM slot) 1.1 1.1

GRPs !!! Wk’25 2012

Television Channels GRP (This week) GRP (Last week)
Set Max 107 100
Star Plus 251 268
Sony TV 201 187
Zee TV 214 212
Colors 239 215
Sab TV 109 116
Life Ok 97 106
Sahara One 36 36
Star Gold 135 119
Movies Ok 63 64

Some other popular shows:

Ratings today – Haven’t juggled a lot.

Diya Aur Baati Hum still manages to be at number 1 position but this time it has fallen! Its ratings are really unpredictable. Last to last week it was 5.0, then last week 5.6 and this week again 5.0. Agree, it’s consistently on number one, but this much difference in ratings?

Jhalak Dikhla Ja’s second week has also been so-so, nothing great; neither in terms of performances nor in terms of the ratings!

Byah Hamari Bahu Ka finishes a month and finally there is a 0.1 rise in ratings of the show. But, viewers are in here for a major twist to be revealed – aakhir kab tak chupayenge ki kyun ho raha hai byah hamari bahu ka? Wait for the mystery to unveil!

Pavitra Rishta has managed to pick up, finally the big drama sold off! Even Balika Vadhu managed to pick up really well. It has helped Colors in GRPs as well.

In 10.30 pm slot, Punar Vivah and Pratigya are still ruling and Bade Acche Lagte Hain fans are not so happy with this! My message to all Bade Acche Lagte Hain fans, please try to enjoy the show and wait for ‘ek nayi shuruwat’, do not lose hope, you might not know, it just become BIGGER and BETTER!

Pyaar Ka Dard Hain – meetha meetha pyaara pyaara opened with the same ratings with which Sajda Tere Pyaar Mein ended – 1.5. Not that great opening as per Star Plus!

GRP wise Star Plus is still at number 1 in GECs; followed by Colors, Zee and Sony. There’s just negligible difference between Zee and Colors channels and both are competing for number 2 positionSony has been consistently falling and this time it’s a huge fall for it! Buck up Sony team!

Well, that’s it for today. Let’s see what surprise next week brings. Till then, keep watching your favorite shows and keep yourself entertained!

[TRP Talks] Bade Acche Lagte Hain loses its top position in 10.30 pm slot!

Television Shows TRP (This week) TRP (Last week)
Diya Aur Baati Hum (StarPlus) 5.6 5.1
Saath Nibhana Saathiya (StarPlus) 3.5 3.9
Ek Hazaron Mein Meri Behena Hai (StarPlus) 3.6 3.2
Balika Vadhu (Colors) 3.5 3.5
Pavitra Rishta (Zee TV) 2.5 2.6
Iss Pyaar Ko Main Kyaa Naam Doon (Star Plus) 2.8 2.8
Parichay (Colors) 2.1 2.1
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata hai (Star Plus) 3.4 3.2
Mann Ki Awaaz Pratigya (Star Plus) 3.0 2.5
Sasural Simar Ka (Colors) 2.4 2.2
Uttaran (Colors) 2.7 2.6
Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma (Sab TV) 2.7 2.6
Punar Vivah (Zee TV) 3.0 2.9
Ek Dusre Se Karte Hain Pyaar Hum (Star Plus) 1.8 1.8
Bade Acche Laggte Hain (Sony TV) 2.8 3.1
Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha (Colors) 1.8 1.7
Parvarrish – Kucch Khattee Kucchh Meethi (Sony TV) 1.7 1.9
Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada (Sony TV) 2.0 2.2
Phir Subah Hogi (Zee TV) 2.3 2.5
Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein (Zee TV) 2.7 2.4
Madhubala-Ek Ishq Ek Junoon (colors TV) 2.1 2.6
Byaah Hamari Bahu Ka (Sony TV) 0.4 0.4
Kuch Toh Log Kahenge (Sony TV) (11 PM slot) 1.1 1.2

GRPs !!! Wk’24 2012

Television Channels GRP (This week) GRP (Last week)
Set Max 100 112
Star Plus 268 270
Sony TV 187 201
Zee TV 212 203
Colors 215 200
Sab TV 116 120
Life Ok 106 122
Sahara One 36 31
Star Gold 119 144
Movies Ok 64 69

Some other popular shows:

Ratings today – Have juggled a lot!

It’s party time for Diya Aur Baati Hum team as well as fans! It has regained its 5.6 ratings and more the drama, more the ratings. Aagey aagey dekho hota hai kya!

Jhalak Dikhla Ja opened with 3.1 which is considerably good! So, let’s see will the shaking of celebs shake the TRPs too?

The third week of Madhubala and Byaah Hamari Bahu Ka has not been that good for them. Ratings have gone down. In Byaah Hamari Bahu Ka, there is no clarity as to what is happening or what is about to happen; the story is just going nowhere. Sincerely, time for some major twist in the tale! Madhubala has not been able to live up to its expectations and that’s why it’s obvious for the ratings to decline.

Surprise package was Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuyeh on Zee TV. It has gone up to 2.7. Wishing all the best to the team to maintain it!

After almost, 3 weeks or even more, Bade Acche Lagte Hain (Sony TV) had regained the ratings of 3.1, had also become a slot leader in 10.30 PM slot, last week! But what happened now? It is no more the slot leader…Punar Vivah and Pratigya both are at top most position with same ratings of 3.0! This is a huge fall for Bade Acche Laggte Hain. There was a huge outrage even on this baseless courtroom drama which audience did not like it at all. But nevertheless, we shall look forward to ‘ek nayi shuruwat’, I’m sure, ratings will soar then!

GRP wise Star Plus is still at number 1 in GECs; followed by Colors, Zee and Sony. There’s just negligible difference between Zee and Colors and both are competing for number 2 position. Sony has been consistently falling and this time it’s a huge fall for it! Buck up Sony team!

Well, that’s it for today. Let’s see what surprise next week brings. Till then, keep watching your favorite shows and keep yourself entertained!

Indian TV projects unhappy lives- Do you agree?

Sounds strange? Surprised? Well, this is just a statement made by one of the most successful film director and producer. But do you think he is right is saying “Indian TV projects unhappy lives”? Some of you might agree, some might not. Also i am sure that there will also be a section that might not like to accept this harsh reality. Well by now you might have been eagerly waiting to find out who has made such a statement. Here you go, it’s our very own “KJo” aka Karan Johar.
You will soon be able to see him back on television as a judge for “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa“. So what does he exactly mean by this statement? In one of the interviews he was asked “How aware are you of TV content? And this is what his answer was –
I know it because when I have dinner with my mother, I watch them all. I know exactly what’s happening in “Pavitra Rishta“, I know that “Bade Achche Lagte Hain” is going to take a leap, and I know the trauma going on in “Balika Vadhu“, the trauma that went through “Uttaran“, and I know all the problems that go on in these shows because I spend the maximum time with my mother between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., which is when she watches all this.”

But the real question is that is it right to talk about television, when almost similar drama is been served in Bollywood? It’s a tough question to ask. But off lately Television has taken its content and quality to the next level. Although there might be some shows that still run the old fashioned drama, but majority of them have moved on with the time. Shows such as “Pavitra Rishta“, “Bade Achche Lagte Hain” are setting a trend and creating their loyal audience base. You might question that they too took help of the “Leap Factor” to regenerate the interest of their audiences, but that is the need of the hour. The same is also true for Bollywood, when all you can see south remakes, one after another. After a time this formula might not work, but it is so far so good.

There are eras that come and go, some shows are successful and some fail. Some try to add in loads of emotional content in order to ensure that the audiences will connect with their story. Indian audience have been through Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahani Ghar Ghar ki era and they have also been through the trauma in the shows such as  Balika Vadhu and Uttaran. But such shows have also delivered a strong message to the society and with an emotional quotient. So can we say that Indian Television projects unhappy lives? Well you can’t rule out the fact that such shows are Prime Time Shows 😉

Do let us know your views about this topic. And also don’t forget to set in a reminder about your favorite shows with the help of iDubba app.

Dhak Dhak Girl is back on television with ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’ season 5

The dancing diva of Bollywood is back on Television, and this time as a Judge for ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’ season 5. She has been the epitome of grace right from her days of dhak dhak in Beta to Dola Re Dola in Devdas, Madhuri has always carried on with her million dollar smile. Sony Entertainment Television brings back it’s reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, which brings in new celebrities and well-known faces to perform with professional dance partners. Thanks to the Success of Season 4, the channel has approached the Dhak Dhak Girl to come back for the 5th Season.

The shows format is taken from the “Strictly Come Dancing” show on BBC One in UK, which has been a huge success in over 30 countries like America, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy, where it is known as Dancing with the Stars. The Indian version has been extensively remodeled to appeal to the country’s viewers and India is the only country to not have live music with an in-house band.

Coming back to Madhuri, she had co-judged the last season (4) with Remo D’Souza and Malaika Arora Khan. However, the co-judges of Madhuri Dixit for the fifth season are yet to be finalized. The show, which was previously aired on Sony TV since 2006, will now be broadcasted on Colors.

So what to expect from this show in Season 5? Well iDubba has some of the answers:

So here we go:

  • In the first look promos for Jhalak Dikhala Jaa 5, Madhuri will be seen giving a tribute to the divas of yesteryears starting with the 60’s superstar Meena Kumari
  • The song “Thade Rahiyo” from Pakeezah is one number which mesmerized us and now, it is with this very song, that Madhuri pays homage to Meena Kumari
  • The promo will see Madhuri in a shimmering pink anarkali outfit performing to the song in true Meena Kumari style
  • The sets will replicate the Pakeezah look – right from the fountains to the pond with floating candles, lights etc

It will not be wrong to say that Madhuri is one actress who can do a disco and a mujra with the same finesse. So are you all set to shake your hips and move your feet with the new season of Jhalak Dikhala Jaa? Well we will be back with some more information about the celebrity participants soon.

Till then …. Happy Viewing.

What makes a reality show work?

With so many “Reality” shows in today’s time (both nationally & abroad) it’s very important to understand why and how a reality show clicks. There have been so many mega-successful shows in US/UK and their counterparts in India (and so many flops) that it is necessary to learn what works and what doesn’t. In this post we try to analyze deeply as to what are the different elements of a reality show and what should be taken care of while creating a new reality show.

Almost all of the reality shows in India or elsewhere are localized versions of already popular US or UK shows. Here are some of the shows which have worked (in India) and some which haven’t. We’ll then analyze all the aspects to understand what it takes to make a successful Reality Show:

  • Mega-successful shows-
    • Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who wants to be a millionaire)
    • Indian Idol (American Idol)
    • Dance India Dance (So you think you can dance)
    • Bigg Boss (Big Brother)
  • Successful Shows-
    • Fear Factor India (Fear Factor)
    • Jhalak Dikhla ja (Dancing with the stars)
    • Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
    • Boogie Woogie
    • Masterchef India (Masterchef US/Australia)
  • Flops-
    • Zor Ka Jhatka (Wipeout)
    • India’s Minute to Win it (Minute to Win it)
    • Survivor India

Contestants: No doubt contestants are single biggest asset of a reality show. Wrong selection of contestants can make or break the entire show. Contestants can be broadly categorized as- “Common man” and “Celebrities”. Depending upon the format of show creative team may decide to have common man or celebrities or a mix of both as contestants. For pure talent based shows like KBC, Dance India Dance, Indian Idol etc it’s  imperative to have common people as main contestants otherwise it looks too dramatic and unreal (remember how we feel when a celebrity wins 50 lacs in a KBC episode?). Celebrities as contestants work very well for reality shows in which drama quotient needs to be high. Questions have been raised about such reality shows being truly “real” but now audience have kind of understood that reality shows involve either good “editing” or good “drama” to look exciting on TV. Some such shows are Bigg Boss, Survivor India, Zor Ka Jhatka. Example of shows having combination of both “common man” and “celebrities” as contestants include Fear Factor (India) and Jhalak Dikhlaja.

Drama: Television is all about drama and not having any drama in a reality show is a sure shot way to kill it. An emotional story can become an important part of show’s success. KBC is known for creating dramatic situations based on a contestant’s profile or based on the question “What would you do if you win a Crore?“. Shows like Bigg Boss rely too much on drama which is demanded by its format. “Zor Ka Jhatka” couldn’t impress audience even with Shahrukh Khan because it lacked both good contestants and drama quotient. If you actually see original “Wipeout” it’s one hell of a funny show and it does it without SRK type host.

Host: Even though host is 3rd most important thing it indeed plays an important part in taking the show to next level i.e. from success to mega-success (like Amitabh in case of KBC), Khatron Ke Khiladi (with Akshay Kumar as host) or from utter failure to moderate success (Dus Ka Dum could have bombed badly if Salman wasn’t there). But in case a show lacks above 2 important characteristics chances of it failing increases- SRK could never save Zor Ka Jhatka and even KBC with SRK couldn’t attract audience as much as Big B. My tip: Get a host with good sense of humor or with lot of character- Raghu/Rajiv and Rannvijay are known for their tough/macho characters and they don’t need Akshay Kumar.

Plot: Borrowed or not, plot does play an important part in a reality show’s success. How? Well first thing is it identifies your target audience. KBC had a national appeal, Roadies & Bigg Boss have youth appeal, Dance India Dance is liked by a specific set of audience and so is Masterchef. Plot helps a production house lay its marketing plan and execute it. Beware! If top 3 things are not in place, plot will never help you win your audience.

Editing: Editing is an important part of any reality show, specially of those shows in which cameras roll continuously. In my opinion India’s Minute to Win it suffers from really bad editing as against its US counterpart. Dance India Dance is edited very well despite it being a talent reality show. There is always a connection between the contestants, Mithun da and 3 judges (Remo, Terence and Gita). Good editing is evident from a show which keeps you glued during the program, bad editing gives you enough reasons to switch 🙂

Connection: Well this is second last part of “what it takes to create a good reality show” but trust me, unless your audience feel “connected” with your show, you CAN NOT make it work. Connection happens if you get all of the above things “just” right for your show. There is no formula for this, it just happens!

Audience: Audience may include either studio audience or audience watching at home or both. In KBC, studio audience is well trained before shoot- they are told when to clap, how much to clap, when to laugh, who sits in front, who sits in background, what should be your facial expressions.. everything! It’s like a controlled backdrop scenario which is very important taking into consideration the plot of the show. In case of shows like Minute to Win it studio audience is supposed to be very energetic (which sadly doesn’t happen in Indian version). In talent based shows like DID or Indian Idol studio audience makes singing or dancing more enjoyable by clapping and dancing along with the contestants. Shows like Wipeout expect audience sitting at home to be their real audience and the host directly tries to talk to that audience. Audience is important because it makes or breaks your show- understand your audience!

These are the key elements of a reality show, there are many other like sound, camera, direction which are important but they are common to all TV shows.

Do you think there are other important aspects? Please comment..