Looks like DD National is taking over the TV industry much faster than any other mainstream and popular channel in the last 30 years. A few weeks ago Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan and BR Chopra’s Mahabharat re telecasted due to coronavirus lockdown and surprisingly within 4 days the channel recorded a whopping 1.5 billion viewership, but now the channel has surpassed its own record by becoming the most-watched channel for two consecutive weeks gaining 1.9 billion viewership in the second week.
The government broadcaster and owner of DD National, Prasar Bharti, celebrated the achievement of DD National in a tweet, they wrote, “DD National continues to be No. 1 for two consecutive weeks in a row.”
— Prasar Bharati (@prasarbharati) April 16, 2020
Earlier, Arun Govil, who plays Lord Ram, thought Ramayan re-telecast was a perfect way to teach the younger generation about Ramayan’s “morals, teachings, and principles.” He said, “The new generation will get a chance to watch it. They will get to understand the morals, teachings, and values of Ramayan. If they will watch it with the family, they can interact also. If they have queries then their family members of the older generation can explain things. It is a family show. How relationships should be…has been shown in the show. Positivity is there. Right now there is a lockdown, you can’t go anywhere. So watching it will be a good way to use the time,”
Apart from mythological shows like Ramayan and Mahabharat, Doordarshan has also brought back thriller, drama and comedy shows like Byomkesh Bakshi, Buniyaad and Dekh Bhai Dekh.