FIFA Worldcup is one the most watched sports in the world. The popularity of this game is so high that even in a cricket-loving country like India, the excitement of FIFA matches is always at its peaks. The FIFA Worldcup 2018 final between Croatia and France ended on Sunday where France became the world champion.
The final was held a few weeks ago at the Luzhniki Stadium in Russia. The fans all over the world were on the edge of their seats as the two talented teams France and Croatia played the FIFA World Cup Final. France became the world champions and was awarded $38 Million along with the trophy. Croatia became the runners-up and was awarded $28 Million.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 final between France and Croatia set the record for being the most viewed international football match ever in India.
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) said that the final clash garnered a total 51.2 million viewers, the highest for any World Cup match in history. The month-long tournament itself set the maximum viewership record in India for any World Cup tournament, with a cumulative reach of 254 million viewers.
The report adds that over 110.5 million viewers watched the live footballing action of the 64 matches in the World Cup across India. Among states, West Bengal recorded the most reach with 22.2 million viewers, followed by Kerala which recorded 17.8 million viewers.
The broadcast of Live football matches in local languages – Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Tamil, and Telugu – were sampled by 70.7 million viewers, which amounts to 66 per cent of the overall tournament reach. The report adds that a total of 47 per cent female audience contributed to the reach.
It is great to see that sports other than Cricket are getting such viewership in our country where Cricket is celebrated like a festival. Stay tuned to Laughing Colours for the latest sports news and updates.