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With 635 mn viewers, ICC World Cup 2015 becomes most watched event on Indian TV

The India-Australia semi-final ties was the most watched game this World Cup as 309 million Indians tuned in for the knockout game

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | April 3, 2015

ICC-World-Cup-logo1The cumulative reach of the recently-concluded ICC World Cup 2015, till the semifinals stage, reached 635 million, with every second Indian tuning in to watch the biggest extravaganza of cricket.

A record 309 million Indians (TAM Panel CS4+ extrapolated to the universe using a standard conversion factor) tuned in to watch India’s semi-final clash with Australia on their television sets. The pivotal game was the most-watched cricket match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and bettered the blockbuster India-Pakistan group stage clash in terms of reach. The match rated 15.0 TVR across the Star network, including Doordardhan, and 12.7 TVR on the Star Network and 2.3 TVR on DD (TAM data M15+ ABC).

This World Cup was broadcast in six languages for the first time – Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada, apart from English and Hindi. The regional feed strategy proved successful with Hindi and regional feeds contributing to 77 per cent of the overall viewership.

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Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India, commented, “ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has been an epic event in terms of scale, reach and following. With over 600 million viewers, largest aggregation of advertisers ever, and one of the most talked about marketing campaigns, this edition has validated that there is nothing bigger than the World Cup for Indian consumers. Fittingly for an event of such scale, Star India took the game of cricket to the next level, redefining the viewer experience. The fans’ unflinching faith and passion for the game has abetted our efforts to make this World Cup bigger and better than ever before.”

Led by Star India’s disruptive campaign on India’s World Cup journey, the passion and fan following for cricket as a sport scaled new heights during this edition of the World Cup. The ‘Mauka’ campaign, which met with tremendous response online and on social media, was inundated with spoofs and iterations, making ‘Mauka’ the buzzword during the World Cup. The campaign went viral with over 33 million views online, making it amongst the most viewed campaigns ever on digital in India.

Star, responsible for end to end production and broadcast of the entire World Cup across 14 stadiums, introduced several innovations such as global first telecast of cricket in 4K, player analytics and drone cameras providing a new dimension to the game.

To bring alive the action from the field, Star had a versatile and experienced commentary panel with 13 World Cup captains, 20 World Cup winners and 26 World Cup semi-finalists.

On the back of regional feeds, this edition saw unprecedented advertising options for brands looking to associate with the World Cup. With many first time World Cup sponsors advertising on this edition, the advertiser count for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has been the highest ever, 50 per cent more than the last edition.

India was talking cricket online too, with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 scoring strongly on social media, dominating conversations through the tourney – a record 750,000 unique authors driving 3.6 million conversations with a reach of over 44 billion potential impressions.

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