The makers of Bigg Boss 10 decided to spice up things this season by opening the house for commoners. Facing flak for bringing insipid contestants in season nine, they sought out people who could create fracas inside the house (read Priyanka Jagga and Om Swami). The only bright spot was the victory of Manveer Gurjar, the most loved contestant so far. Sadly, all these efforts failed as Bigg Boss 10 was a damp squib when it came to TRPs. Blame the 10.30pm slot or avoidable excesses, the show hardly left an impact on viewers. Out of 13 weeks, it managed to get into top three only thrice. The ratings might not be bad given the time slot but it surely hints that it has failed to engage audiences. (Also Read: Manveer Gurjar is the WINNER of Salman Khan’s Bigg Boss 10) 


The opening episode aired on October 16 and earned the 18th position on the TRP charts. It was a lower rank than Super Dancer, Dil Hai Hindustani or Indian Idol, which have fared better. This season was supposed to click with rural audiences but it did not come into the top 20 of rural ranking even once. Fans of the show have written on social media that one should not measure its success by its BARC Report as the timing is not favourable for the show. While we might agree somewhat with their point of view, rankings cannot be ignored. (Also Read: Bigg Boss 10 winner: Manveer Gurjar walks away with the trophy on Salman Khan’s show!)

In 2015, the average TRP for Bigg Boss 9 weekdays ranged from 0.9 to 1.3, which is in the league of top shows on new GECs like Life Ok and &TV. Average TRPs for the weekend, Salman Khan special was 1.9 to 2.1…The only exception was the Salman Khan-Shah Rukh Khan Dilwale special episode that got 2.9 TRPs. The last season was also not a very successful one. Bigg Boss 8 that aired at 9pm was comparatively a lot more successful. The opening episode got 3.8 TRPs but ratings dipped soon after to 2.2. (Also Read: Bigg Boss 10 27th January 2017 Episode 103 preview: Bani J, Manveer Gurjar, Lopamudra Raut get emotional as they re-live their journey) 

Fans have blamed the channel for airing the show at 10.30pm saying it is the prime reason why the programme has failed so badly. Besides losing out on family audience, the show airs a little too late for the urban working crowd. Throughout 2015, Bigg Boss was out of the top 10 shows for Colors except the mega SRK-Salman episode. Should the makers give it a break for a season to reignite the audiences interest? Or do you feel that the on-air timing killed its hopes? Do let us know with your comments…