Remember the time when dinner was not served at home before 11 PM because your mother didn't wish to miss the episode of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi? Or remember the time when your dad answered every question that Amitabh Bachchan asked the contestants of Kaun Banega Crorepati? As well as those moments when grandmothers thought that her four sons signified the characters of Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki?
Yes, these are all of the unforgettable memories which were, and even today, mark the power of Hindi Television shows and what it has been doing to us within the recent years.
We Indians are always high on the emotional quotient and anything that strikes our emotional chords would be an instant hit. That's the reason, family soaps have were able to connect with people, which in return gave the shows their TRP's, awards and also the tag of being the most successful show in the Indian television history.
Similar is the situation with reality shows. The audience cried once the contestants failed and celebrated when they prevailed. These reality shows gave an opportunity to the standard people to change their destiny and acquire fame. It made people think that they've the same opportunity to be on tv, and that looking attractive or running around production houses to showcase their talent wasn't required anymore to become a part of a show. It is therefore not wrong to say that Indian television shows offers us lots of drama, entertainment and opportunities, which connects many of us into it.
But the point also to be noted here is that people change their preferences very quickly with new shows. Channels like Zee, Colours, Star and Sony are trying very hard to develop the best mix of family soaps and reality shows to improve their TRP's.
Currently, Colours stands second in TRP charts with their shows like India's Got Talent and Balika Vadhu. However, Sony Entertainment stands tall with Kaun Banega Crorepati, CID, Bade Acche Lagte Ho and Crime Patrol, and walks away using the chunk of top shows in the charts, in the daily soaps section as well as the reality shows section. Star marks third using their show Diya Aur Baati Hum, after their drop within the charts using the end of Satyameva Jayate season one.
But after the day, these numbers really do not matter to the Hindi television audience. What really matters to them is the emotional connect that they get in the truth shows and family soaps these channels have to offer them.