Mumbai, Jun 13: The fifth edition of the Indian Premier League was a big hit than the ICC World Cup 2011, in terms of viewership, IPL Chairman, Rajiv Shukla has said.
India won the 2011 World Cup last April after defeating Sri Lanka in Mumbai. The World Cup trophy returned to India after 28 years. It was jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and received huge response. However, IPL 5 seems to have outnumbered World Cup 2011.
"IPL-5 was a huge success. The figures we have got say that nearly 2.55 billion viewers have seen IPL 5. It's more than those who watched ICC World Cup (2011). This figure is very near to the world's top one or two tournaments, which includes the FIFA World Cup. I am talking only about the Indian viewership. There was also a jump of 55 per cent in Internet viewership," said Shukla after the IPL Governing Council meeting on Tuesday.
IPL 5, which was held from April 4 to May 27, was won by Kolkata Knight Riders under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir. Kolkata defeated two-time champions Chennai Super Kings in Chennai.
When IPL 5 got under way in Chennai on April 4, the first week viewership had seen a dip.
IPL 5 had its share of controversies when a TV sting operation alleged that some fringe players were involved in spot-fixing. There was also a molestation case against Royal Challengers Bangalore's Australian player Luke Pomersbach. However, the case was withdrawn later.
Talking about the play-off games, Shukla said IPL made Rs 13 crore through ticket sales.
"The ticket sales from the four play-off matches have fetched over Rs 13 crore out of which we are paying Rs 2.80 crore as entertainment tax to the government. All the franchises have received substantially more money from the sale of tickets this season. The (complimentary) pass culture is slowly ending in IPL. More than 50 per cent tickets were sold online," said Shukla.