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283 million viewers for IPL in opening week

By Urvi Malvania
April 06, 2019 09:49 IST
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The IPL attracts more female viewers than other televised sporting events, with female audiences accounting for more than 40% share in viewership of the tournament.
Urvi Malvania reports.

IMAGE: Kolkata Knight Riders cheerleaders in action. Photograph: BCCI

The inaugural week of the 2019 edition of the Vivo Indian Premier League (Vivo IPL) recorded a reach of 283 million viewers, which is 15% higher than last year.

Television viewership touched 33.1 million average impressions, registering a growth of 28% over 2018.

This includes viewership at home and at out-of-home locations like restaurants, sports cafes, pubs, etc.

'Reach' refers to the number of people who sampled the tournament in the opening week for a minute at least, while 'viewership' refers to the people watching the Vivo IPL at any given time in the live telecast and is measured in impressions.

According to the Broadcast Audience Research Council of India data provided by broadcaster Star India, the Hindi speaking market (HSM) grew 32% while the market in the South grew 19% versus last year.


The HSM had seen some dip in the Vivo IPL's reach last year.

In order to address this issue, Star India has launched a number of initiatives to bring HSM viewers back to the IPL pavilion.

The tournament is being broadcast in eight languages -- English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, including Marathi and Malayalam on Sundays.

Additionally, Star has tried to expand the appeal of the tournament by inviting kids and family with a curated feed called Super Funday, telecast every Sunday on Star Gold.

This contributed a growth of 41% in viewership amongst kids versus last year.

The feed is also simulcast on kids' channel Hungama, which is part of the Disney India channel bouquet, thus making use of synergies that the Star India-Disney merger in India has made available to both companies.

While the channel is niche, it has helped grow the Vivo IPL's visibility among kids further.

IMAGE: The IPL trophy. Photograph: BCCI

The tournament also saw a significant increase in female viewership in the first week at 27%, while the core sports audience of males registered a growth of 24%.

The IPL has attracted more female viewers than the average televised sporting event in the country, with female audiences accounting for more than 40% share in viewership of the tournament in recent years.

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