IPL 2024: JioCinema records 51% growth in opening day viewers compared to 2023

The official streaming platform for the IPL, made an incredible opening for the 2024 season as over 11.3 crore viewers logged in on Day 1, a 51% increase compared to Day 1 of IPL 2023. As JioCinema commenced their second season on digital, over 59 Crore video views were registered on the platform for the opening day of IPL 2024 which led to 660 crore minutes of watch time.

The opening match on JioCinema was a spectacle to behold as fans were treated to unheard IPL stories from their favourite heroes Sachin Tendulkar, and Virender Sehwag. JioCinema turned it up in the commentary box as well, as cricket fans heard Sehwag commentate in Haryanvi for the first time. Style icon and singer Badshah dialed up the pop-figure quotient in JioCinema’s Punjabi and Haryanvi commentary box, calling the game with his swagger.

Another driver of the record-breaking figures during the opening match was the latest edition of JioCinema’s free-to-play predict and win game, Jeeto Dhan Dhana Dhan. The opening night contest saw a viewer winning gold worth INR 50 lakhs, while the first runner-up won gold worth INR 10 lakhs. More than 50 participants won gold worth INR 1 lakh each. Viewers will also be able to win a motorcycle, a smart TV, and plenty of vouchers for each game from the second match onwards.

“We resumed where we left last year, and the numbers testify there is no better way to experience the IPL than digital,” said a Viacom18 Spokesperson. “India has completed its transition to being a digital-first sports consuming nation and the opening game record numbers validate this. We are going to see benchmarks reset and records re-written throughout the course of this season.” he further added

JioCinema took the opening match presentation to a whole new level with six leading consumer brands, Dream11, Charged by Thums Up, Parle Products, Britannia, Dalmia Cements, and HDFC Bank, debuting their IPL campaign within the first six overs of the opening game under the newly introduced JioCinema Brand Spotlight. This season kicked off Friday night with a record 18 sponsors and over 250 advertisers.

The new season of IPL has given viewers a lot to cheer about as fans can continue streaming the world’s biggest cricket league for free on JioCinema. In addition, fans will be able to catch the latest season in 4K, across 12 languages, including Haryanvi for the first time, with multi-cam options, including the much-hyped Hero Cam.