ICC Cricket World Cup kicks off with 142,000 FTA viewers

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 31 May 2019

The ICC Cricket World Cup launched overnight to 142,000 free-to-air viewers overnight, as England took on South Africa.

The game, broadcast on Nine's multichannel station 9Gem drew in 142,000 viewers for the opening clash of cricket largest international tournament.

Foxtel also aired the game, with 101,000 viewers tuning in to the match, with a further 89,000 and 43,000 viewers watching the games innings break and pre-game coverage, respectively.

Hosted across both England and Wales, the time difference between the nations and Australia, see the majority of the game begin during the nightly primetime slot of 7.30pm.

Australia's first game in the tournament starts tomorrow night at 10.30pm against Afghanistan and will see the highly anticipated return of former Australian test captain Steve Smith and vice captain David Warner.

Both Smith and Warner were spectacularly banned from national cricket at the start of last year following the infamous ball-tampering scandal against South Africa.

Foxtel-owned sports streaming platform Kayo launched their World Cup offering yesterday at Melbourne’s Queensbridge Square, Southbank, with a group of current and former cricket stars.

Australian players Tim Paine, Marcus Harris and Elyse Villani were joined by former Cricket World Cup Champions and commentators Andrew Symonds and Michael Hussey, along with presenter Mark Howard.

The players and commentators were on hand to help celebrate, unveiling Melbourne’s newest landmark, Stumpshenge - Kayo’s take on one of the World’s most recognisable monuments, Stonehenge.

Australia’s five World Cup Trophies were also displayed together in public for the first time since 2015, showcasing the victorious campaigns of 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015.

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