Cricket is the most famous sport in India. However, the figures for 2018 are inverted. FICCI issued a report based on the data of Broadcast Audience Research Council. According to the report, wrestling’s viewership was 20% in the past year and Cricket remained second with 19%. If we compare Cricket share with 2017 its declined by 7%.
On the other side if we compare other games Kabaddi is at 3rd place with 17% viewership. Football has not been able to join the top-5 viewership game in India. Due to the better performance in the Wrestling League and Commonwealth Games – Asiad, the viewership of wrestling has increased in the country.
The volleyball was good in the country in 2016 Due to the Asiad and Rio Olympics. The viewership for Volleyball has grown by four percent in the year 2017. The viewership has increased to 6% as compared to 2%. However, kabaddi’s viewership has declined by 7% in the year 2018.
As per the report of Bark, in the 2018 Wrestling League’s third season’s viewership was 85 crores. It is the country’s most watched league after cricket. It increased by 9%, while there was a big jump of 47% in the Hindi speaking region. In the tournament, 24 Olympians, 10 Rio Olympic Medalists and 14 world champions landed.
Bark-o-meter is used to measure the viewership. Bark puts it in select homes. There is a complete program record in it. Based on this, it is analyzed on which time in that TV, how many people saw which channel or program. Based on this analysis, reports of different categories are prepared only on the basis of this analysis. By 2018, Bark had put Bark-o-meter in 33,000 homes. Bark has recently tied up with many DTH companies.
According to the report, in a year, the viewership of football has increased by two percent. This year it has increased to 4 percent compared to two percent last year. Wrestling had 23 percent of the wrestling in 2017. Viewership of 11 games increased in 2018. Among them, 2% of the badminton viewership has increased.