Thursday, April 23, 2009

IPL is still not a stunner

The second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is in its first week and if one goes by the TV ratings the Twenty20 showpiece has failed to generate the kind of interest it did last year.

The IPL, which coincides with the general election in India, has opened with lower TV ratings as compared to last year.

A survey conducted by viewership rating agency Television Audience Measurement (TAM), revealed that the TRP ratings of the two matches on the opening day of the IPL II, was at lowly 5.55 and 5.54 percent, respectively, as compared to last year's figure of 8.21.

But what has added to the lower ratings have been boring finishes and the rain.

Unlike last year, matches have hardly been exciting due to low scores on bowler friendly South African pitches and the rain has also proved to be a dampner. Outcome of two matches have had to be decided by the Duckworth-Lewis Method while one match was washed out due to rain.

The only close match in the league so far has been the opener, where Mumbai Indians defeated last year's finalists Chennai Super Kings by just 19 runs.

The highest victory margin was Chennai Super Kings' 92-run win over Bangalore Royal Challengers Wednesday.

[the article was originally published at]

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