When Team India plays entire India matches. The equation that determines the cricket world’s economics is reaffirmed in numbers as India opened their ICC World Cup campaign against South Africa.
The match at Rose Bowl, Southampton, on June 5 has recorded more than 200% audience over the second most watched game during Week 23 (June 1-7, 2019) on the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) television audience ratings.
The live broadcast of the match figures twice in the most-watched sports genre programmes for the week – in the No. 1 position on Star Sports 1 Hindi with 1,55,19,000 impressions and at No. 5 on DD Sports for 49,29,000. In between live broadcast of the Australia-West Indies, England-Pakistan and Bangladesh-South Africa matches occupy second to fourth positions in the order of mention.
|BARC RATINGS: STAR SPORTS, INDIA-SA MATCH STEAL SHOW|
|WEEK 23 : Most Watched Sports Shows|
|1||WC 2019: India-South Africa LIVE||Star Sports 1 Hindi||1,55,19,000|
|2||WC 2019: Australia-Windies LIVE||Star Sports 1 Hindi||71,73,000|
|3||WC 2019: England-Pakistan LIVE||Star Sports 1 Hindi||64,19,000|
|4||WC 2019: Bangladesh-SA LIVE||Star Sports 1 Hindi||59,30,000|
|5||WC 2019: India-South Africa LIVE||DD Sports||49,29,000|
|*All India (U+R): NCCS All : 2+ individuals/ratings period : June 1-7, 2019|
Star Sports 1 Hindi remains and will remain the undisputed sports genre leader in India with the ICC Word Cup 2019 content, even though the first full week ratings for the ICC World Cup 2019 reveal that the Indian Premier League has been a bigger performer among Indian audience than international cricket’s top showcase event. Amidst the week dominated by the World Cup LIVE broadcast, free to air Star Sports First has found a place in the top 5 most-watched sports channels chart, ahead of DD Sports in the 5th position.
|BARC RATINGS: STAR SPORTS 1 HINDI ON TOP|
|Week 23: Most Watched Sports Channels|
|1.||Star Sports 1 Hindi||78,40,15,000|
|2.||Star Sports 2||20,17,06,000|
|3.||Star Sports 1||10,66,05,000|
|4.||Star Sports First||9,58,09,000|
|*All India (U+R): NCCS All : 2+ individuals/ratings Period
June 1-7, 2019
As the rained out and rain-affected games next week are poised to hit the ICC World Cup ratings, Star Sports yet again will rely heavily on yet another India game. The high scoring match against Australia the Kennington Oval on June 9 and Australia’s fight in the chase hold the potential to take the most-watched show for the week to a new height.