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IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings strike gold in the viewership rankings

Chennai Super Kings became the second side, after the Sunrisers Hyderabad, to qualify for the playoffs.

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Chennai Super Kings’ Shardul Thakur celebrates fall of Kane Williamson’s wicket. (Photo by IANS)

The Chennai Super Kings is arguably the most popular side in the Indian Premier League. They have a huge fan base and that is evident by the way the sea of yellow follows them wherever they play. They played just one home game in Chennai and that was enough to display the fan following they had. Unfortunately for the venue, they did not get any more matches to witness in the season.

The home venue for the Chennai Super Kings was shifted to the MCA Stadium in Pune. Despite the change in venue, the popularity of the franchise did not see a dip. Even the venue at Pune gets to see the Men in Yellow flock in huge numbers for the match. The team has not disappointed either. Chennai Super Kings became the second side, after the Sunrisers Hyderabad, to qualify for the playoffs.

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Currently, the stand comfortably in the points table and are rated as the best batting side in the competition. Well, the popularity of the franchise can also be determined by the latest numbers that are floating in the media. As per a recent data acquired by Sportstar, nine CSK matches — as per viewership results through the BARC panel — have registered 263.87 million impressions in all.

They constitute 31 per cent of the total league viewership in India. This, in itself, is a huge proportion of the total league viewership. For the organizes, the qualification of the Super Kings in the playoffs is a big news since they are sure to get a lot of viewership.

While Chennai Super Kings stand at the top of the charts of the viewership tables, the other returning franchise of the tournament, the Rajasthan Royals, stand at the lowest rank with an impression of 161.253 million.

Here are the overall numbers:

CSK (9) – 263871
MI (9) – 240725
KKR (9) – 220051
RCB (8) – 217631
DD (9) – 191912
KXIP (8) – 189515
SRH (8) – 174383
RR (8) – 161253

Figures in brackets include the number of matches played when the data was collected.

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