IPL 2019: Star India clocks 283 mn viewers in opening week, up 15% from last season

Television viewership reached 33.1* million average impressions

MUMBAI: Star’s strategy of widening appeal of VIVO IPL across regions, languages, with focus on families and youth has resulted in a historical opening week in the tournaments 12th edition both in terms of reach and viewership. The high decibel marketing campaign ‘Game Banayega Name’, curated programming and a multi-city VIVO IPL Trophy Tour, contributed to making the opening week a grand success. 

The inaugural week of the VIVO IPL 2019, recorded a historic opening with 283 million viewers tuning in across the country, which is 15 % higher than last year. Television viewership reached a phenomenal 33.1* million average impressions registering a growth of 28%* setting a viewership record in the history of the tournament. 

Taking IPL to India

Regionalization fuels growth - HSM grew 32% and South grew 19% versus last year. This growth can be attributed to the massive regionalization efforts, as the tournament is being broadcast in 8 languages - English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali including Marathi and Malayalam on Sundays. Star has expanded the appeal for the tournament further inviting kids and family with a curated feedcalled Super Funday, telecast every Sunday on Star Gold. This contributed a massive growth of 41% in viewership amongst kids versus last year.  

VIVO IPL 2019 on Star continues to have the best in class and largest congregation of commentators and experts for all kinds of fans including the core cricket aficionado who enjoyed the action on Star Sports Select with #SelectDugout.  The opening week is a historic first in many ways and the world’s toughest T20 tournament was enjoyed by all members of the family including children and women. 

The opening week of IPL sure has set the tone for an exciting summer of cricket coming up on Star.

* Source: BARC (TV + OOH), Only Match Telecast Hours considered
** For the growth vs last year, comparison has been done with Star Channels excluding DD on TV versus TV+OOH of this year IPL Channel Bouquet in 2019 - Asianet Plus, Star Suvarna, STAR Suvarna HD, Jalsha Movies, Jalsha Movies HD, Star Maa Movies, STAR Maa Movies HD, STAR Gold HD,STAR Gold, STAR Pravah, STAR Sports 1,STAR Sports 1 Tamil, STAR Sports 1 Kannada, STAR Sports 1 Telugu, STAR Sports 1 Bangla, STAR Sports 2(v), STAR Sports 1 Hindi, STAR Sports 1 HD,STAR Sports 2 HD(v), STAR Sports 1 HD Hindi, STAR Sports Select 1 HD, STAR Sports Select 1 SD, STAR Vijay Super, Hungama. 

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