Over 25 serials in six months, how did they fare?

  • Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 27, 2015 10:00 IST

From fresh concepts to rehashed scripts, around 25 new shows have hit the small screen over the past six months. While some received a warm welcome from the TV viewers, the others failed to impress. We take a look at what worked and what didn’t for the new shows.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/6/tvflop1.jpg Gulmohar Grand

What didn’t work: The concept of a mystery girl, played by actor Akanksha Singh, and the five-star hotel as the backdrop, didn’t work with the viewers. Moreover, the weekend slot proved detrimental.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/6/tvflop2.jpg Peterson Hill

What didn’t work: Rohit Roy in the role of a senior stationmaster wasn’t accepted by the viewers. Also, the concept of a stationmaster and his family interacting with various co-passengers didn’t create any interest.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/6/tvflop3.jpg Muh Boli Shaadi

What didn’t work: Stiff competition from shows on other channels during the same time slot led to low ratings. It will go off air soon.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/6/tvflop6.jpg Hello Pratibha

What didn’t work: The concept of the show was expected to be novel, where a homemaker creates her own identity. However, the protagonist of the show was constantly stuck with various family issues, and the story kept dragging, which left the audience bewildered.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/6/tvflop7.jpg Dream Girl

What didn’t work: The concept of the show, in which a girl from a small town dreams to become India’s next dream girl, seemed fresh when it started airing. But, the weak plot couldn’t sustain the ratings.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/6/tvhit5.jpg India’s Got Talent Season 6

What worked: The talented participants on the show were a hit with the audiences and the judges — Karan Johar, Kirron Kher and Malaika Arora Khan. Their banter and connect with the contestants is fabulous.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/6/tvhit4.jpg Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat

What worked: The production, cinematography, larger-than-life presentation, performances and the story of the historical show did wonders for it.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/6/tvhit2.jpg Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 6

What worked: The host of this reality game show, film-maker Rohit Shetty’s confidence and humour, the stunts, popular faces from television and their camaraderie worked well.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/6/tvhit3.jpg Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanumaan

What worked: The usage of VFX in this larger-than-life mythological show has caught the audiences’ fancy. The stories of the deity have also worked well.


What worked: The horror show was loved by audiences, and it worked perhaps because there was no other show in the genre on TV for a while. But, the series enjoys attention from only a niche set of audience, owing to its late-night airing time.

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