Mo’ne Davis Set a TV Ratings Record Last Night

The Taney Dragons’ Little League World Series game drew 10 times the number of viewers a MLB game did at the same time.

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.

SI writes:

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.


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  • tony

    Lost in all the hoopla about the Taney team is the fact that they, and the Chicago team have been allowed to operate under completely different conditions than the other 99% of LL teams. The Taney LL charter covers an area of 1.5 million people. An average charter in central Pa. covers an area of about 20,000 people.

    Further, the teams are to be but together in mid-June, creating an all-star team from the best players in the local April-June regular season. Taney’s team has somehow been playing together for a year or more with the Phiily papers gushing about how “when the wins started piling up in the spring, we knew it was something special.”

    Apparently this is all part of an “urban initiative” to get more black faces on TV. Unbelievably we now even need affirmative action in sports.

  • Paul Deon

    this is

  • Paul Deon

    This is a little over the top. Kids who play in urban areas are at such a disadvantage when it comes to facilities, resources, coaching, etc. Baseball is not an urban game and the fact these kids can compete with those suburban programs is a tribute to their dedication. To try to lessen that accomplishment is truly unfair. It is not as if we are talking about basketball, or even football here. Let these kids and the city they represent have their deserved day in the sun

    • tony

      Facilities? A field. Resources? Bats, balls and gloves. Coaching? Men in the community that give a crap about kids and sports. That’s pretty racist of you to suggest that there’s a shortage of such men in urban areas.