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IRS releases data; Radio Mirchi tops the chart amongst FM broadcasters in India



Radio Mirchi has once again emerged as the number one FM broadcaster in Delhi and Mumbai, as well as in the top eight metros taken together. According to the latest IRS data released lately by industry non-profit Media Research Users Council (MRUC), after a gap of nearly four years.

In Mumbai, Mirchi is heard by 25.4 lac people weekly while in Delhi NCR, it is heard by a whopping 44.6 lac people, leading its nearest competitor in these two cities, Big FM, by 21% and 20% respectively. Mirchi also leads nationally with 2.9 crore listeners. In Bangalore and Hyderabad, Mirchi’s second channel, a Hindi channel called Mirchi 95, pulls in 9.6 lac listeners. In Ahmedabad, Pune, Jaipur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Surat and Nagpur, Mirchi’s second channel, Mirchi Love has pulled in 19.5 lac listeners.

Radio Mirchi leads with 1.45 crore listeners, 32% ahead of the number two player Red FM in the top eight metros that include Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pune and Hyderabad.
Mirchi leads by 46% in the seven metros where Radio City is present except in Kolkata. In the 7 metros that Big FM is present (except Pune), it leads it by 28%. In the 6 metros that Fever FM is present, Mirchi leads by 65%.

As per MRUC, nearly 20 crore people in India listen to FM radio every month, split nearly in half between urban and rural areas. Radio listenership grew by 13% in urban areas since the last research in 2014.

An important highlight of FM radio’s listenership is its premium listener profile. As many as 45% of listeners in the top 8 markets belong to the premium class, NCCS A. These listeners are the prime audiences for advertisers. Even at a national level, NCCS A listeners are at 29%, nearly double of their share in the population. A reason for the high profile of radio listeners is listenership inside cars. As many as 25% of listeners in the 8 metros consume radio on their car stereos, a big jump since 2014.

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