Champions Trophy: India-Pakistan match is highest-rated ODI in BARC history

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New Delhi, June 16: The highly-anticipated ICC Champions Trophy Group stage match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on June 4 became the highest rated One-day International (ODI) match in Broadcast Audience Research Council's (BARC) history, broadcasters Star India confirmed on Friday (June 16).

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The match attracted 201 million viewers, double than the last edition of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.

File photo: Indian players (blue jersey) shake hands with Pakistani player

"ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has been an impressive event in terms of scale, reach and following, and the India-Pakistan match set a new viewership record on our network making it the highest rated ODI match in BARC history," a Star India statement read.

The viewership is once again expected to shoot northward when the arch-rivals face off in the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

Pakistan made it to the title clash, beating hosts England in the first semi-final while defending champions India thrashed Bangladesh in the second semi-final in Birmingham on Thursday.


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