List of newspapers in India by readership
These figures are compiled by media Research Users Council (MRUC) in the Indian Readership Survey (IRS). IRS 2013 data is based on sample survey and is modelled on internationally accepted annual sample spread. The IRS is the largest continuous readership research study in the world with an annual sample size exceeding 2.56 lakh respondents.
The methodology for IRS 2013 was criticized by 18 top media houses in India, including Jagran, Bhaskar, India Today, Ananda Bazar Patrika, Lokmat, Outlook, Daily News and Analysis (DNA), Sakshi, The Hindu, The Times of India, Amar Ujala, The Tribune, Bartaman Patrika, Aaj Samaj, The Statesman, Mid Day, Nai Duniya and Dinakaran. The media houses rubbished the IRS report for 2013, calling it badly flawed. They pointed out that there were major anamolies in the findings. For example, the Chennai-based Hindu Business Line had thrice as many readers in Manipur as in Chennai according to the IRS. There were wild swings in the readership data from the previous survey; e.g. every major newspaper in Andhra Pradesh had lost readers by 30% to 65%.
List of newspapers
|Newspaper||Language||City||Daily Readership, IRS 2013
|Hindi||Various cities and states||15.527||Owned by Jagran Prakashan Ltd.|
|Hindi||Various cities and states||14.246||Owned by Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd. which is owned by HT Media Ltd|
|Hindi||Various cities and states||12.857||Owned by D B Corp Ltd.|
|Malayalam||10 cities in Kerala, Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Dubai, and Bahrain||8.565||Owned by Malayala Manorama Company Ltd.|
|Tamil||Various cities in Tamil Nadu, Bangalore, Pondicherry, Mumbai and Dubai||8.156||Founded by S. P. Adithanar|
|6||Rajasthan Patrika||Hindi||Various cities and states||7.665||Owned by Rajasthan Patrika Pvt. Ltd.|
|7||Times of India||English||Various cities and states||7.254||Owned by Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd.|
|8||Amar Ujala||Hindi||Various cities and states||7.071|
|Malayalam||10 Cities in Kerala, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, and New Delhi||6.136||Owned by The Mathrubhumi Group|
|10||Lokmat||Marathi||Various cities of Maharashtra and Goa||5.601||Owned by Lokmat Media Limited|
|11||Ananda Bazar Patrika
|Bengali||All over West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Delhi, Mumbai and many other cities in India||5.515||Owned by Ananda Publishers|
|Telugu||Various cities and states||5.380||Owned by Ramoji Group|
|13||Patrika||Hindi||Various states||4.628||Owned by Rajasthan Patrika Pvt. Ltd.|
|Gujarati||Ahmedabad, Gujarat||4.339||Owned by Lok Prakashan Ltd.|
|15||Hindustan Times||English||Various cities and states||4.335||Owned by HT Media Ltd|
|16||Divya Bhaskar||Gujarati||Gujarat, Mumbai||3.770||Owned by Owned by D B Corp Ltd.|
|17||Sandesh||Gujarati||Gujarat||3.724||Owned by The Sandesh Ltd.|
|Marathi||Various cities in Maharashtra||3.707||Owned by Sakal Media Group|
- "18 top media houses rubbish readership survey findings". The Times of India. 2014-01-31.
- "IRS 2013 Topline Findings" (PDF).