Women's cricket craze: 50 million views in WPL first week
Women's cricket craze: 50 million views in WPL first week; All tickets for the final match sold out
The biggest question before the BCCI in starting the Women's Premier League was the audience. There was a general perception among spectators and organizers that fans were not interested in women's cricket. In such a situation, it took time for the league to start due to finding the answer to the question of whether the fans will come to support their team on the field or not.
However, despite the time taken, the viewership of the league has answered all the questions by itself. Now with only two matches left in the league, it would not be too early to say that the first season of the league has been a success.
As per the BARC report, WPL has got 5 crore 78 thousand TV viewership in the first week. On the other hand, the first season of IPL garnered a total TV viewership of 100 million. In the first week itself, the Women's Premier League has achieved half the viewership of the IPL. A total of 58 matches were played in the first season of IPL, which means an average of 17 lakh people watched each match on TV.
On average, 63 lakh TV viewers watched each match of WPL. According to the BARC report, youth above 15 years are more interested in women's leagues. The tickets for the WPL final were sold out within a day. None of the tickets for the final were free. A total of 30 thousand 203 spectators reached the stadium in the match between Delhi and Mumbai played on March 21.
The Mumbai and Delhi franchises have outdone their men's teams in the WPL. It took 11 long years for the men's team of Delhi Capitals to play their first final. At the same time, the women's team qualified for the finals in the first season itself. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians qualified for the playoffs for the third year in the IPL for the first time. The women's team did this in the first season itself.
The similarities between the IPL and the Women's League were visible from the very first match itself. Mumbai crossed the 200 mark in the first match of the league and dismissed Gujarat for 64 to win the match by 143 runs. In the first match of the IPL, KKR crossed the 200 mark in the first innings and won the match by 140 runs, dismissing RCB for 82.
New Zealand's Devine (99) holds the record for scoring the most runs in an inning of WPL. In the first season of IPL, this record was in the name of McCullum of New Zealand. Shaun Marsh of Australia won the Orange Cap in IPL-1. Australia's Mag Lanning is on top in the WPL. In the first season of IPL, RCB finished second from the bottom. The RCB women's team finished second from the bottom in the league.