Television is something that is watched by rich and poor alike and especially in India nothing binds together a family like a television set. With the availability of innumerous channels there are a lot of choices to everyone, which makes it very competitive for the Channels.

Here is the list of the top 10 highest viewership television channels in India:

1. Sun TV


Sun TV is a Tamil Language Satellite Television which was launched on 14th April 1992. This channel is India’s largest conglomerate with 33 TV channels. This channel was founded and owned by Kalanidhi Maran and is catering to more than 95 million households in India. Sun TV is viewed in 27 countries and covers everything be it news or entertainment. Most of the top south Indian channels belong to the Sun Network. Sun TV is rated as the No. 1 Tamil Entertainment Channel and is the channel with the highest viewership in India.

2. Star Plus

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Star Plus is a very popular Hindi Language channel, launched on 12th February 1992 as Star TV and 4 years later on 17th April 1996 it was renamed as Star plus. This channel’s name is unchanged since then and is a part of 21st Century Fox’s Star India network. Star Plus is a general entertainment channel which includes a mix of regular soap operas such as family dramas, reality shows, laughter shows and shows on crime. This is the top Hindi language channel and is the second highest in viewership in India.

3. Sony Entertainment Television

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It is also called as SET, and is a Hindi language channel which was launched in October 1995. Owned by Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd, it mainly focuses on general entertainment shows such as family dramas, laughter shows, reality shows and crime series. The most popular shows on this channel were C.I.D and Kaun Banega Crorepati. This channel is the second most popular Hindi Language channel and is the 3rd highest viewership channel in India.

4. Zee TV

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Zee TV is a Hindi Language channel owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises which majorly airs Hindi programs such as family dramas and similar general entertainment shows. Launched on 2nd October 1992 it began to gain popularity among the Indian households and is now available in various nations of Southeast Asia, Europe, Caribbean, Middle East, Africa, Australia and North America. This is the 3rd most popular Hindi language channel and is the 4th in viewership in India.

5. Colors

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Colors TV is a recently Hindi Language launched channel, July 2008 and is a part of Viacom 18 Media Pvt Ltd. This channel gaining popularity rapidly and has very popular shows such as Bigg Boss along with other general entertainment shows which are grabbing the viewership market rapidly. This channel has a lot of shows which are among the costliest TV shows in India such as Bigg Boss which is supposed to be around 110- 115 crores. This is the 5th highest viewership channel and might even move up the ladder in the coming years.

6. Gemini TV


Gemini TV is a part of the Sun Network and is a Telugu Language Channel which provides general entertainment. Launched on 9th February 1995 and hosts a variety of serials, game shows, reality shows along with films. This is the top Telugu Language channel and is the 6th in viewership in India.

7. Sony MAX

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Sony MAX, launched in December 1999, it is a Hindi movie channel. This channel apart from telecasting Hindi movies is very famous for telecasting the Twenty 20 cricket tournament Indian Premier League (IPL). This channel is very famous for IPL, after all India is a country where Cricket is very famous. This channel is also known to host complementary cricket talk show programs and also movies of other languages dubbed into Hindi.

8. Zee Cinema

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Zee Cinema was launched in 1995 and showcases Hindi Language movies. This channel claims to be the No.1 Hindi movie channel which brings is telecasted in many places other than India such as America, Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. It was earlier a part of Star TV and now is owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises.


sony sab

Also Known as Sony SAB it is a Hindi Language entertainment channel and is very famous for its comedy shows. The most popular show in SAB TV is “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah” which is a light hearted comedy show. Gaining popularity among the Indian households SAB TV chooses to specialize in its comedy shows and is one among the popular Hindi Language Channels in India.

10. ETV Telugu

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ETV Telugu was a channel launched by Ramojirao on 28th August 1995. It is a Telugu Language general entertainment channel, it telecasts popular shows such as Jabardhast. Jabardhast is a comedy show currently gaining a lot of popularity. Apart from this they also telecast musical and dance shows which are also very popular.