BARC Ratings: Remarkable broadcast acceptance for Masters series

The UN Academy Road Safety World Masters series in Mumbai, which was halted abruptly due to the Coronavirus threat, has emerged as a valuable broadcast property for Indian television. The Broadcast Audience Research Council sports genre ratings for week 10 (March 7 to 13) have an encouraging revelation for the series, which featured yesteryear legends like Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jonty Rhodes and a host of other big names.

Though the tournament was called off only after four matches, two games on DD Sports have figured in the most-watched sports shows of the week which also had the LIVE broadcast of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final between Australia and India. The power of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag’s magical willow and star value of the yesteryear Indian cricket icons has kept the audience hooked to DD Sports, which simulcast the LIVE match feed form Colors Cineplex, every time India took to the field.

Indian Masters’ match against the West Indian and Sri Lanka Masters have figured at the third and the fifth positions with 1,484,000 and 1,320,000 impressions respectively in the top five table.

Elsewhere, it is the Women’s T20 Wold Cup final on Star Sports Network.

WEEK 10: Most Watched Sports Shows
Rank Show Channel Impressions
1 Women’s T20 World Cup final LIVE Star Sports 1 Hindi 4,845,000
2 Women’s T20 WC final mid-show Star Sports 1 Hindi 2,565,000,
3 Road Safety Series India-WI LIVE DD Sports 1,484,000
4 Women’s T20 World Cup final LIVE Star Sports 2 1,420,000
5 Road Safety Series India-SL LIVE DD Sports 1,328,000
*All India (U+R): NCCS All : 2+ individuals/ratings period : March  7-13, 2020

Rising fan base of women’s cricket and India playing the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup final have benefited Star Sports Network. In spite of a meek surrender by the Indian girls in the final, Star Sports 1 Hindi rode the impressive audience for the title match to hold its No. 1 position.  Elsewhere it is Star Sports First, Sony Ten 1, DD Sports and Star Sports 2.

DD Sports has primarily benefited from the simulcast of the Unacademy Road Safety World Masters Series.



Week 10: Top 5 Sports Channels
Rank Channel Impressions
1. Star Sports 1 Hindi 112,461,000
2. Star Sports First  66,095,000
3. Sony Ten 1 47,487,000
4. DD Sports 45,590,000
5. Star Sports 2 (v)     37,114,000
*All India (U+R): NCCS All : 2+ individuals/ratings

Period – March 7-13, 2020


The week ahead is going to be a challenging for sports genre. With Coronavirus leading to scrapping of sports events worldwide, the channels are left with precious little LIVE content. Surviving on curated content is going to be a litmus test for sports broadcasters not just in India, but worldwide.