World Cup 2019: ICC poised for audience record, breaches 1 bn mark

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The International Cricket Council digital and social media channels have delivered more than one billion video views for the World Cup 2019 so far, keeping the tournament in England and Wales on track to becoming one of the biggest sports event on digital broadcast medium.

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 is on track to shatter previous digital and TV viewership records and become one of the world’s biggest ever sports events – having already delivered over one billion video views across digital content on ICC’s platforms and social media channels, ICC has stated in a Press release.

In addition, TV figures have seen India alone amass a viewership of 342 million during the first fortnight of the tournament even before the much anticipated fixture between India and Pakistan.

Hotstar, ICC’s official digital licensee in India, has delivered a record 15.6 million peak concurrent live viewers for the India v Pakistan match – a record for an international cricket fixture across formats. The nail-biting India v Afghanistan fixture on Saturday at Southampton also delivered similar peak number of concurrent live viewers for the platform.

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Audiences on Sky Television have been the highest for One Day International cricket for more than 13 years in United Kingdom with the tournament reaching six million viewers so far. The India v Pakistan match became the most watched ODI and the 4th most watched match across any format of cricket since 2006 with an average audience of 821,000.

Across other fixtures on Sky Televisio, India v Australia match delivered the highest unique audience at 3.14 million whilst the England v Bangladesh delivered a unique audience of 2.74 million. The opening match between England and South Africa (2.41 million) and the England v Pakistan (2.15 million) also delivered unique audiences of more than 2 million.

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “This is a remarkable level of fan engagement which cements the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 among the world’s biggest and best sporting events. The positive trends that we are seeing around the number of fans engaged at this stage of the tournament gives us great confidence that all previous records will be shattered.

“Providing a mix of platforms including TV, digital and social, means we’re widening our reach and providing greater opportunities for fans to engage with our sport and content more than ever before and clearly demonstrating the power of live cricket to aggregate huge audiences.”

On digital platforms the staggering billion views have been captured across match recaps, best moments from the matches, behind the scenes content, ICC Digital Insider pieces, the Review and Preview shows, At The Nets features, viral content and other colour stories on the game’s heroes, current and past.

Fans have engaged on a range of platforms including the official ICC CWC 2019 website and mobile app and ICC’s channels on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.

The biggest draw was the India v Pakistan match on June 16 which so far has had 120 million video views across all the official digital and social media channels.

Other high performing videos are Liton Das’s back-to-back sixes for Bangladesh and India captain Virat Kohli’s request to fans to show respect for his Australia former counterpart, Steve Smith.

In addition, the ICC’s official digital clips licensees have recorded 364 million video views across all their platforms taking the total video views on official digital platforms to close to 1.5 billion and there have been more than 37 million unique visitors to the event website since the start of the tournament.

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