KBC 5 becomes highest rated non-fiction Indian TV programme

New Delhi: High on emotion, excitement
and drama, popular game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati 5” has become the
highest rated non-fiction programme on Indian television, registering
7.2 TVR and 8 TVR for two episodes when ‘aam admi’ Sushil Kumar won the
Rs.5 crore jackpot.

Sushil Kumar, a lower middle-class computer
operator from Bihar, won the top prize and it was telecast in two parts –
Nov 1 and Nov 2. Both episodes bagged the maximum eyeballs, breaking
the television rating (TVR) records.

According to an official
statement, KBC 5, which went on air Aug 15, reached out to 25 million
people on Nov 1 and 27 million people Nov 2.

“We are ecstatic
and humbled with the stupendous ratings on ‘KBC’. The success of Sushil
Kumar is an emphatic endorsement of the fact that the show is not just a
game show, but a melting pot of knowledge and aspirations of the ‘aam
aadmi’ (common man),” said Sneha Rajani, senior EVP and business head,
Sony Entertainment Television, in a statement.

“The numbers show
that KBC this season has broken all barriers of demography and geography
and transformed lives of people all across our great country.

“Leading
the way in KBC, we have our very own legend Amitabh Bachchan, who has
changed the face of television, and our lives, in many ways than one. He
has proved beyond doubt that he is the greatest superstar not just of
the big screen but of the small screen too. I thank the entire team for
gives us this pathbreaking season of KBC,” she added.

The show’s
philosophy ‘Koi insaan chhota nahi hota’ has become true as the
contestants from the heartland of the country came, played and took home
big prizes.

After Sushil Kumar, another success story was written by Anil Kumar Sinha from Patna, who won Rs.1 crore.

Before
these two, Amrita Singh from Gwalior won Rs.50 lakh and the show
brought a ray of light in the life of Aparna Malikar, a 27-year-old
widow from Vara-Kawatha in Yavatmal district, when she sat on the hot
seat and won Rs.640,000 and an additional Rs.50,000 from Bachchan
himself.

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