Taney game breaks ESPN ratings record

Taney's Kai Cummings reacts to a called third strike in the sixth inning. Starting pitcher Mo'ne Davis struck out six batters but allowed three runs as Las Vegas rolled to an 8-1 victory. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff)

Wednesday night’s showdown between the Taney Dragons and Las Vegas was a blowout – in the ratings.

With national sensation Mo’ne Davis on the mound, the game set a ratings record, recording a 3.4 in the overnights.

That makes it the most watched Little League World Series game in history.

Philly – Las Vegas (won by the Nevada prodigies 8 -1) put up ratings 143 per cent higher than the comparable game last year.

Prior to last night, the highest overnight rating ever in a Little League World Series game was a 2.79 for the 2009 championship between Chinese Taipei and California. And that was televised on a weekend on ABC.

Locally, the Dragons, who face an elimination match with Chicago tonight, drew a 14.9 rating, which is a record for the Philadelphia market.


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