PM Modi’s address to the nation on 24th March 2020 where he announced the complete lockdown in the fight against coronavirus was the biggest news event ever. This address surpassed unique viewership numbers of the IPL Finals of 133 MN. This address by the Prime Minister was watched by 197 MN people on television across 201 channels, which totals to 3891 viewing minutes.
These figures were revealed as findings in a report on TV + Smartphone Consumption Report during Covid-19 presented by BARC India and Nielson.
The Janata Curfew address on 19th March 2020 was watched by 83MN people across 191 channels. Other addresses of PM Modi include the likes of Demonetization and Article 370 too have not seen such huge numbers.