Although the Taney Dragons lost last night in the Little League World Series, the TV ratings were still high. Taney’s game against Mountain Ridge of Las Vegas became the highest-rated LLWS broadcast in the history of ESPN.
For comparison: The 3.4 rating ESPN received tops CBS’ final-round rating (3.1) for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last Sunday, as well as that night’s Yankees-Red Sox broadcast (1.7).
Additionally, the LLWS broadcast drew 10 times the number of viewers that the Angels-Red Sox game got on ESPN2 at the same time.
Locally, the game did incredible numbers. The matchup drew a 16.3 rating in Las Vegas and a 14.9 rating in Philadelphia, both records for Little League World Series telecasts in those markets.
The Taney Dragons play Jackie Robinson West from Chicago in an elimination game tonight. It airs at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. The winner plays the Vegas team on Saturday in the U.S. championship.