If week 48 signaled the comeback of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi on the popularity charts, TVR figures for week 49 (December 1-7) released by TAM Media has established the fact that the popular late evening show intends maintaining its leadership position, at least for a while. For the week ending December 7, 2002, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi heads the TAM C&S Top 100 with a TVR score of 9.4 (episode telecast on December 4, 2002), closely followed by the December 3 and 2 episodes of sister production, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki with 9.3 and 9.2 respectively.
Subsequent to the Top 3, it is a virtual cat and mouse game between Kyunki and Kahaani for positions 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The scorecard reads as follows: December 3 episode of Kyunki at No 4 with TVR of 9.1; December 4 episode of Kahaani at No 5 with TVR of 9.1; December 5 and 2 episodes of Kyunki at Nos 6 and 7 with figures of 8.6 and 8.5 respectively, whereas the December 5 episode of Kahaani is at No 8 with a TVR of 8.4.
Further down, positions 9, 10, 11 and 12 see Kasautii Zindagii Kay taking charge with figures of 8.0 (episode telecast on December 2), 7.9 (episode telecast on December 4), 7.5 (episode telecast on December 3) and 7.35 (episode telecast on December 5).
No 2 player Sony has four positions in the C&S Top 100 with the December 3, 2 and 5 episodes of Kkusum as well as the December 6 episode of CID doing the honours for the channel. Corresponding TVR figures are, Kkusum - 3.3, 3.0 and 3.0, and CID - 2.8.
ZEE TV has moved into the Top 50 with Thursday Premiere Tumko Na Bhool Paaye (telecast on December 5) occupying position No 42 with a score of 3.4. Online lotteries, Playwin Lucky 3 and Playwin Super Lotto, make an entry after quite a few weeks in the C&S Top 100 with figures of 3.0 (No 63) and 2.9 (No 68) respectively. The last time, ZEE's online lotteries figured in the Top 100 was in week 45 with scores of 4.7 (Playwin Lucky 3) and 3.7 (Playwin Super Lotto) to their credit.
DD Sports and DD1 were conspicuous by their absence among the C&S Top 100 for week 49. Both channels had made inroads into the list with help from cricket, a staple for most TV viewers in the subcontinent.
Sun TV and Gemini TV continue to slug it out for the top spot in the south Indian market with both channels occupying a total of 26 and 23 positions respectively. The highest TVR grosser for Sun TV is not a feature film but the December 5 episode of serial Annamalai at 3.8 (No 26), whereas Ninne Pilladata is typically in command on Gemini TV with a score of 3.7 (No 30). © 2002 agencyfaqs!