Build your professional network on facebook via our app Go to app
By : Kavitha Shankar, Coresspondent, Star
Industry : Radio, TV & Films
Activity:  10 comments  20654 views  last activity : 10 16 2014 05:11:28 +0000
 Refer 12

I sometimes sit & wonder why is this beautiful world full of stupid people and stupidity. After thinking over the problem of stupidity for some time; I decided to relax and turned on the television. I surfed the channels and found out that almost every news channel had a breaking news. So far, I’ve come across following breaking news:-

  1. Shah Rukh Kan’s credit card stolen. [ Believe me, its a ‘breaking news’ on national television! Now India worries about SRK’s stolen credit card!]
  2. Stairway to heaven [aka “Swarg Ki Sidhi”]
  3. Khali to wrestle in Las Vegas.
  4. Man Cheats Death [ This damn channel was showing David Copperfield’s illusions and ‘explaining’ his tricks to the audience.]
  5. Ganguly & Dravid out of Pepsi contract [Breaking news? on National TV?]
  6. Two snakes getting married in some remote village of India [… yeh, breaking news on national TV!]
  7. Rebirth of Kalpana Chawla,

Its the sad story of Indian television & Indian journalism. The news channels do not show ‘news’ anymore. Rather, they’ve become cheap entertainment channels. Everyone says the channels do it to gain the higher TRPs.

What is TRP?

TRP stands for Tevevesion Rating Points. It is a tool that helps find out which television programmes are viewed the most. A device called the 'People's meter' is attached to the TV sets in a few thousand viewers houses for calculating this. These numbers are treated as the sample. The 'People's meter' actually records the time and the programme that a viewer watches on a particular day.

In India INTAM (Indian Television Audience Measurement) is the electronic rating agency which does this work. INTAM uses two methodologies for calculating TRP.

  • The first is frequency monitoring, in which 'people meters' are installed in sample homes and these electronic gadgets continuously record data about the channel watched by the family members. 'People meter' is a costly equipment, which is imported from abroad. It reads the frequencies of channels, which are later, decoded into the name of the channels and the agency prepares a national data on the basis of its sample homes readings. But there is a drawback in the technique, as cable operators frequently change the frequencies of the different channels before sending signals to the homes. It may be very misleading to read a channel according to a particular frequency even if the down linking frequency is same all over India.


  • Second technique is more reliable and relatively new to India. In picture matching technique people meter continuously records a small portion of the picture that is being watched on that particular television set. Along with this agency also records all the channels' data in the form of small picture portion. Data collected from the sample homes is later on matched with the main data bank to interpret the channel name. And this way national rating is produced. 

Hope this information was of some help to you. If you find more please leave it as a comment.

 Top Comment : Sachin Gupta   | 02 22 2014 15:31:56 +0000
For Latest TRP, GRP, TVM, TVT, GVT Ratings visit ... Great website with Daily Telly Buzz and TV Ratings
TrackBack URL:
10 comments on "What is TRP and how is it computed?"
  Commented by  Sreedhar Reddy    | 10 16 2014 05:11:28 +0000
Guys please try to think of what is the use of television channels, which are broadcasting the news 24x7.  1 or 2 news channels are enough for every regional language to broadcast the news.  I found the same news would be repeated in all the channels across the day.  Please avoid watching tv and observe your life for few days.  Do not believe on me, if you try the same you can find the change in the society and in you life with lot of peace of mind.
  Commented by  Jugul Kishor, Accessory Designer, Glo Digital Press    | 03 11 2014 11:44:49 +0000
First i thanks to u,
I got the good information. So thanks again.
  Commented by  Sachin Gupta, Sales Manager, Oceans Groups    | 02 22 2014 15:31:56 +0000
Rating : +1 
For Latest TRP, GRP, TVM, TVT, GVT Ratings visit ... Great website with Daily Telly Buzz and TV Ratings
  Commented by  Shuvasri Das Paul, B.A student, Siliguri College    | 10 31 2013 18:16:15 +0000
Thank u. 4 help.
  Commented by  rati, M.Sc student, Mumbai University Inst Of Chemical Technology, Mumbai    | 05 21 2013 18:15:21 +0000
hi, thnx fr d grt information. but i hav a doubt that how those sample house can be considered as national choice. it could be tht those sample house like watching abc programme and in actual majority are watching xyz. like in my friend circle itself, every1 has sum or d other favoritism according to thr choice, thr likes. i dont knw i might b wrong also, but how can we follow this method. once again thnx fr d information
  Commented by  S. Muralidharan, Head, Project Planning/Strategy, Knowledge Foundation    | 07 04 2011 09:47:20 +0000
Kavitha ji you have enlightened us on TRP.  Thanks very much.
  Commented by  Ardhendu Pal, Upgrading Knowledge Base, Researching in Computer Software/Hardware    | 07 03 2011 18:20:16 +0000
Really a very great educative post here, frankly admitting that after a long time I've witnessed something knowledge enhancer.
Thanks a lot Kavitha for the referral.
  Commented by  Deven Khatri, Deputy General Manager (Marketing), VRS FOODS LIMITED    | 07 03 2011 08:00:27 +0000
Dear Kavitha, I appreciate your efforts and really you help me understanding the technique.  I possible please help me in understanding all the acronym used in Advertisement such as TAM, TRP, GRP, TOM etc.
Best wishes,
Deven S Khatri (
  Commented by  Nilesh V. Atkare, MR Executive, ETV Network    | 11 20 2008 13:24:19 +0000
Hi Kavita,
I am Nilesh here.  Thank you very much to you for aware the society to TRP ratings. Because very few people aware all of the TRP thngs.
your above article is very helpful for understand the TRP's and their calculations & methodologies.
it's good for media industry.
good. keep it up.

  Commented by  varsha ., Technical manger(QMS)    | 11 02 2008 14:05:23 +0000
nice sharing...
Add your comment on "What is TRP and how is it computed?"

Leading recruitment Firm
Design Engineer jobs hyderabad
Viewers also viewed
When we are watching news channels or any other channel or reading news papers you bump upon...
2039 referals 22 votes, 2498 views
Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap feels there should be no film censorship at all. Even as he...
280 referals 28 arguments, 1677 views
Come 15th August, I suddenly see the TV channels, radio stations and even the magazines and the...
633 referals 71 arguments, 21348 views
Recent Knowledge (5)
Top SEO Forums Sites List
344 referals 101 comments, 18485 views
Like all other scenarios on the Indian horizon, the Indian judiciary is not a thing to be proud...
8 referals 1 comments, 622 views
24 referals 47 comments, 48835 views
More From Author
What do you think about budget 2012?
By now I have become familiar with lines like ' Women are enemy of women ' , gender oriented topics are not welcomed, some go to extent of saying that woman should stay at home and nurture kids.  We are not suppose to take those comments. I am...
To reduce the use of plastics we have a new rule according to which if we want a plastic bag we have to pay 2 rupees or for bigger bag 5 rs extra. This rule was definitely to stop the use of plastic but it is not working as desired. Many times we...