The opening match between the Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals has become the most watched women’s cricket match across both international and domestic in the UK.
The match at The Kia Oval on Wednesday evening drew a peak audience of 1.95 million across BBC Two, Sky Sports Cricket, Main Event and Mix.
The coverage across all channels reached more than 3.8m people (watching at least three minutes), with nearly 35% of viewers being female.
These recent figures beat the previous most watched women’s cricket match in the UK – the 3rd England IT20 against India, which attracted a peak audience of 1.24m.
The match was also streamed live over 180,000 times across BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online, with even more viewers on Sky Sports YouTube.
The strong broadcast figures follow a record crowd in The Kia Oval for a standalone professional domestic women’s match.
Managing Director of The Hundred, Sanjay Patel, said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better start to The Hundred – a thrilling match which went down to the wire, a brilliant atmosphere inside the crowd with lots of families and children, and record figures watching at home.
“The Hundred is all about throwing cricket’s doors open for everyone, and the response to last night’s game has been remarkable. We know this is only the first game and there is a still a lot of hard work ahead. We’re grateful to Sky for their long-term support for English cricket and especially The Hundred and are excited by the partnership with them and the BBC helping us to reach a broader audience.”
The Hundred Women’s Fixtures:
Friday, July 23: Birmingham Phoenix v London Spirit (Edgbaston)
Saturday, July 24: Trent Rockets v Southern Brave (Trent Bridge), Northern Superchargers v Welsh Fire (Headingley)
Sunday, July 25: London Spirit v Oval Invincibles (Lord’s), Manchester Originals v Birmingham Phoenix (Old Trafford)
Monday, July 26: Trent Rockets v Northern Superchargers (Trent Bridge)
Tuesday, July 27: Welsh Fire v Southern Brave (Cardiff)
Wednesday, July 28: Manchester Originals v Northern Superchargers (Old Trafford)
Thursday, July 29: London Spirit v Trent Rockets (Lord’s)
Friday, July 30: Southern Brave v Birmingham Phoenix (Southampton)
Saturday, July 31: Welsh Fire v Manchester Originals (Cardiff), Northern Superchargers v Oval Invincibles (Headingley)
Sunday, August 1: Birmingham Phoenix v Trent Rockets (Egdbaston), London Spirit v Southern Brave (Lord’s)
Monday, August 2: Oval Invincibles v Welsh Fire (The Oval)
Tuesday, August 3: London Spirit v Northern Superchargers (Lord’s)
Wednesday, August 4: Birmingham Phoenix v Oval Invincibles (Edgbaston)
Thursday, August 5: Manchester Originals v Southern Brave (Old Trafford)
Friday, August 6: Welsh Fire v Trent Rockets (Cardiff)
Saturday, August 7: Southern Brave v Northern Superchargers (Southampton)
Sunday, August 8: Oval Invincibles v Trent Rockets (The Oval)
Monday, August 9: Birmingham Phoenix v Welsh Fire (Edgbaston)
Tuesday, August 10: Manchester Originals v London Spirit (Old Trafford)
Wednesday, August 11: Southern Brave v Welsh Fire (Southampton)
Thursday, August 12: Northern Superchargers v Manchester Originals (Headingley)
Friday, August 13: Trent Rockets v Birmingham Phoenix (Trent Bridge)
Saturday, August 14: Oval Invincibles v London Spirit (The Oval)
Sunday, August 15: Trent Rockets v Manchester Originals (Trent Bridge)
Monday, August 16: Southern Brave v Oval Invincibles (Southampton)
Tuesday, August 17: Northern Superchargers v Birmingham Phoenix (Headingley)
Wednesday, August 18: Welsh Fire v London Spirit (Cardiff)
Friday, August 20: Eliminator (The Oval)
Saturday, August 21: Final (Lord’s)
Photo 1 Caption: The Oval Invincibles secured their first-ever match win, beating the Manchester Originals by 5 wickets in the debut match of the inaugural The Hundred tournament in London on Wednesday, 21 July 2021. Photo: ESPN (Twitter)