Jackie Robinson West, a team from Chicago’s South Side competing in the Little League World Series, plays Las Vegas at 2pm EST today. According to the Chicago Tribune, their last game had better viewership than the city’s major league teams did this past week:
Jackie Robinson West’s 12-2 victory over Lynwood, Wash., did a 2.4 rating in Chicago on ESPN. That means the game was viewed in more than 70,000 area homes. That’s higher than the average 2014 ratings for Cubs and White Sox on Comcast SportsNet. Through last week, the Cubs were averaging a 1.5 rating on CSN, while the Sox were at 1.4. WGN-Ch. 9 did not disclose their numbers.
Before extrapolating from these numbers about the death of MLB, the Cubs and White Sox have both been out of contention for months, and there are a lot more people that reflexively flip their TVs to ESPN than CSN. Still, they make for an interesting comparison.
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[Photo via AP]