Orioles win over Red Sox most watched Wednesday night ESPN game since 1998
Big audience tunes in for the final act in epic Red Sox meltdown
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
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:
2,775,000 household impressions
ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Baseball telecast – Philadelphia’s extra-inning 4-3 win over Atlanta, eliminating the Braves from the postseason – posted:
904,000 household impressions
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)