New Delhi: India may have been humbled Down Under, losing all the three Tests so far, but that has not diminished country`s cricket buffs` interest in the ongoing series as the four-match rubber has clocked the highest television ratings in the past one year.
The TV ratings generated till the second day of the third Test match at Perth stand at 1.5 TVR, the highest in the past 12 months, despite one of the worst performances put by the visitors on field.
India had some chances in the Melbourne Test before letting it go the hosts` way but Australia were ruthless in the next Test as they inflicted an innings defeat at Sydney on the visitors. The hosts then delivered the knock-out blow at Perth to seal the Border-Gavaskar series with a Test to spare.
However, despite the spineless show by the visitors, the broadcasters have garnered ratings even higher than the country`s humiliating tour of England last year.
India`s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of England returned an average rating of 1.4 TVR for the same TG.
The current stats are also better than India-West Indies Test series played in West Indies which generated 0.8 TVR, while the Caribbean team`s visit to India in October last year summed up 1.4 TVR, according to official broadcaster ESPN STAR Sports.
Interestingly, the broadcasters in Australia are finding it difficult to grab enough eye-balls as India has not even once lasted the entire five-days on the field.
They lost the first and second Test within four days while they couldn`t even last three days in the Perth Test.