Orioles celebrate

Orioles celebrate

The Baltimore Orioles comeback victory over the Boston Red Sox on the final night of the regular season was the most watched Wednesday night baseball game on ESPN since 1998.

And the audience got even bigger right after the Red Sox-Orioles game to see the ending of the Tampa Bay Rays game against the New York Yankees.

It was one of the greatest nights of TV baseball ever.

Here's the the ESPN release:

Last night’s ESPN MLB telecast (7 p.m.-midnight ET) – in which Baltimore defeated Boston 4-3 to eliminate the Red Sox from the postseason in dramatic fashion – is the network’s most-viewed Wednesday night telecast since 1998 (St. Louis/Houston, Sept. 23 – 2.7 rating; 2,036,000 household impressions; 2,675,000 viewers), according to Nielsen.  The telecast (not shown in the local markets of the teams competing) averaged:

    1.6 household coverage rating
    1,549,000 household impressions
    2,117,000 viewers

Immediately after the game ended, ESPN provided live coverage (12:05-12:14 a.m.) of Tampa Bay’s extra-inning, walk-off victory against the New York Yankees – securing the Rays a postseason berth – which generated:

    2.8 rating
    2,775,000 household impressions
    3,841,000 viewers

ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Baseball telecast – Philadelphia’s extra-inning 4-3 win over Atlanta, eliminating the Braves from the postseason – posted:

    0.9 rating
    904,000 household impressions
    1,184,000 viewers

On the season, ESPN’s 69 regular-season MLB telecasts were up across the board compared to last year’s 66 telecasts:

    Viewership up five percent (1,449,000 vs. 1,386,000)
    Households up three percent (1,125,000 vs. 1,093,000)