new Delhi: Around 269 million people watched matches in the first week of the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) being played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is 1.1 million more per match than last year. TV viewership monitoring agency Bark Nielsen said in its report titled ‘Television viewership and advertising consumption of IPL-13 2020’ that viewership of every minute in the first week of the current season increased by 15 per cent over the previous year. Got to see
The first week of IPL 2020 has seen a 21 per cent increase in average impressions per match compared to the 2019 season. In the first week of the tournament, 60.6 billion viewing minutes have been recorded on seven matches and 21 channels.
On 22 September, Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Jai Shah, said that the opening match played in the 13th season of the Indian Premier League was watched by nearly 200 million people. According to Shah, this is the highest number of people watching the inaugural match of any sport in any country.
The inaugural match of IPL-13 was played between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 19 September, with four-time champions, Chennai Super Kings captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Mumbai Indians were defeated by five wickets.
Jai Shah wrote on Twitter tagging BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, ‘The inaugural match of the IPL has set a new record. According to BARC, 200 million people watched this match. This is the highest number of people watching the inaugural match of any sport in any country.