The nail biting moment during the lats ball of the match between Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals streamed on JioCinema has clocked the highest ever concurrent viewership with a record concurrent viewers tuning in to the match.
JioCinema broke all previous records as the concurrent viewership touched 2.2 Crore when CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave a glimpse of the good old days of thrilling finishes.
But Rajasthan Royals seamer Sandeep Sharma nailed a couple of perfect block-hole deliveries to earn a three-run victory for Rajasthan Royals over Chennai Super Kings in a close IPL encounter at the Chepauk on Wednesday. The nail-biting second innings garnered the highest viewership recorded ever in this season of the Indian Premier League.
The numbers for JioCinema are way bigger than what Disney+ Hotstar had when it had the streaming rights for IPL. The early matches on JioCinema are doing far better than the final encounters of the past on Disney+ Hotstar. In terms of engagement, JioCinema continues to set new benchmarks every day. The streaming app has been adding millions of new viewers for IPL on daily basis.
The highest viewership recorded on Disney Hotstar was 1.86 crore during the final match of 2019 season.
JioCinema’s free streaming of the TATA IPL 2023 for all viewers in India has resulted in a record-breaking number of views in the first week – over 550 Cr. This followed a robust first weekend which amassed 147 Cr. views, yet another record for being the highest-ever opening weekend for the TATA IPL on digital. Additionally, JioCinema has registered highest ever number for any apps installed.
Earlier, the season-opening clash between MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings and Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans, achieving a peak concurrency of 1.6 Cr. Comparatively, the league match between CSK vs RR match has witnessed 6 million viewers in excess when compared with the opener match. Presence of the most followed cricketer MS Dhoni and the thrilling moment during the last over resulted in digital viewership hitting the new records.
Describing the moment in its LinkedIn handles, Viacom18 Sports stated, “For one moment, 2.2 Cr Indians held their breath. Old memories rushed back. A familiar expectation took over.
It didn’t quite end like it used to but for one moment, time stood still for 20 million+ people. One moment. One MS Dhoni.”
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