Where Fox is flailing, ESPN apparently is succeeding.
On the major league level, Fox’s Saturday night games slate has so far registered viewer interest level in the range of , but ESPN Sunday Night Baseball is getting a from viewers, averaging a 1.3 household rating, which translates to 2 million total viewers.
Astute readers might note that the Fox number (which you can see by clicking on the “meh” icon above) is actually bigger than the ESPN number, but remember that Fox is a broadcast network with practically 100% penetration and greater ratings expectations based on its heritage and place on the dial, while ESPN is available in only about 87% of households and lives in triple digit land on most systems.
Last Sunday’s game was likely helped by the US-Portugal World Cup soccer (or “fútbol”, if you prefer) match, as the Rangers-Angels drew a 2.9, best number since a Yankees-Red Sox tilt from last August. Or maybe more people watched so they could espy the primo Yu Darvish-Mike Trout matchup. You’re a baseball fan—you decide. We just report.
On the college front, the College World Series final between Vanderbilt and Virginia helped the Worldwide Leader (in more ways than one, apparently) to a viewership number of 2.4 million, best since 2009’s LSU/Texas final. The game was, in fact, the third most-watched baseball game of any kind on ESPN all year, trailing only two games of the major league variety.
Read more here:
ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball Up; Hits Season High Thanks to World Cup
College World Series Final Sees Increases on ESPN (includes nifty six year historical viewership table)