The First Channel is still a number one on Russian TV. It used to be called ORT which stands for Общественное Российкое Телевидение - Public Russian Television. All the popular TV series, shows in Russian language are broadcasted on this Russian TV channel. ORT is the most watchable on the territory of Russia and former Soviet Union Republics. This television is not independent, it's controlled by the Russian government. And maybe that is why it's being so successful among Russian Online TV.