The second largest read daily is Hindustan with a total readership of 5,23,97,000 followed by Amar Ujala at No 3 with a total readership of 4,60,94,000.
No 4 position was held by Dainik Bhaskar with a total readership of 4,51,05,000.
Daily Thanthi was at No 5 with a total readership of 2,31,49,000 followed by Lokmat at No 6 with a total readership of 1,80,66,000.
Rajasthan Patrika holds No 7 position with a total readership of 1,63,26,000 followed by Malayala Manorama at No 8 with a total readership of 1,59,95,000.
No 9 position is held by Eenadu with a TR of 1,58,48,000 while Prabhat Khabar is at No 10 with a total readership of 1,34,92,000.
The No 1 English daily The Times of India is at No 11 with a total readership of 1,30,47,000. Anandabazar Patrika captured 12th position with a TR of 1,27,63,000 followed by Punjab Kesari at No 13 with a TR of 1,22,32,000. Dinakaran has a total readership of 1,20,83,000 at No 14 while Mathrubhumi is at No 15 with a TR of 1,18,63,000.
Gujarat Samachar was at No 16 with a total readership of 1,17,84,000 followed by Dinamalar at No 17 with a TR of 1,16,09,000.
Daily Sakal is at No 18 with a TR of 1,04,98,000 followed by Sandesh at No 19 with a TR of 1,01,52,000 and Patrika at No 20 with a total readership of 96,23,000.
The IRS 2017 Report also offers new readership metrics. Apart from the standard and well-established Average Issue Readership metric, one can now look at data from the perspective of Total Readership (TR), and Readership of publications by timeframes of Last 7 days and Last 3 days. These new metrics have been introduced to provide a true representation of the changing consumption habits among Newspaper readers.
The council has said strict 'NO' to comparing IRS 2017 with any other editions.
There is total 9% growth in total newspaper readership in last four years. Among 12+ individuals, the IRS 2017 has recorded Last 1-month readership at 104 crores, up from 96 crores in IRS 2014.
English dailies’ readership has grown by 10% over last four years and touched 2.8 crores in IRS 2017 as compared to 2.5 crores in last IRS.
Hindi readership stands at 17.6 crores in IRS 2017, up 45% from 12.1 crores in IRS 2014.
The largest percentage growth has been in Oriya language readership which has grown by 83% to 1.1 crores as compared to 0.6 crores in IRS 2014.
Bengali readership grew by 9% to 2.1 crores from 1.9 crores.