Mo’ne Davis pitching in the Little League World Series Wednesday night on ESPN drew a 3.42 overnight TV rating, or more than 10x what the Angels and Red Sox drew at the same time on ESPN2. The MLB game drew a .3, according to an ESPN spokesman. On his ESPN radio show, Colin Cowherd said the LLWS game drew 17x what the MLB game did.
Yes, I understand that the Little League World Series is an “event” and an event will always generate a better rating than one regular season game. And Davis, the 13-year old with a 70-mph fastball, was pitching. She hurled a shutout last time, and landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated. You had to take a look, right? It was the most-watched Little League World Series game ever on the network.
Everything lined up for a big rating, and ESPN got one. But 10x what the Red Sox and Angels did on ESPN2 at the same time? That’s surprising. The Angels have the best record in baseball and were pitching their ace, someone named Garrett Richards; the Red Sox were playing at home.
I never, ever take a peek at the Little League World Series and must have seen at least six at-bats from the game. The kids from Nevada were crazy big for being 13; if I’m Philly, I’m asking for birth certificates. Nevada won, 8-1.
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