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Cricket World Cup 2019 most-watched ICC event ever; registers a 38 percent increase over 2015 edition

  • Press Trust of India
  • September 16th, 2019
  • 15:43:47 IST

Dubai: The 2019 Men's ODI World Cup that saw England lift their maiden trophy was the most watched ICC event ever with a global cumulative average live audience of 1.6 billion.

"India led the way with the consumption of live matches on digital platforms with Hotstar reporting a world record for the highest ever concurrent viewership of a live stream with 25.3 million viewers during the India vs New Zealand semifinal," an ICC media release said.

Cricket - Fans watch the ICC Cricket World Cup Final between New Zealand and England at Trafalgar Square - London, Britain - July 14, 2019 England fans celebrate during the match REUTERS/Henry Nicholls - RC1181F67250

England fans at Trafalgar square celebrate during the World Cup final between England and New Zealand. Reuters

It was also the most widely available ICC event in history as more than 20,000 hours of live action, repeats and highlights coverage was carried by 25 broadcast partners across more than 200 territories.

"The event experienced a 38 percent increase over the 2015 edition and a unique broadcast audience of 706 million viewers, demonstrating the phenomenal reach and power of live cricket around the world.

"The most watched match globally was India versus Pakistan with 273 million unique viewers tuning into linear TV coverage with over another 50 million digital-only viewers," the statement added.

Updated Date: September 16, 2019 15:43:47 IST

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