Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nevada-Pennsylvania Delivers ESPN’s Largest Audience Ever for Little League World Series Game

#6 Erik Lipson

  • Average Audience of Nearly Five Million Viewers (P2+) Watched Las Vegas, Nev.’s 8-1
  • Victory Over Philadelphia, Pa.The Viewership is Up 155 Percent from Last Year’s Comparable 
  • Game; Audience Peaked with 5,585,000 Viewers Between 8:30-8:45 p.m. ET.Little League 
  • World Series Helps ESPN Win the Night Across Television in Multiple Male Demos.

Wednesday’s Little League World Series telecast, in which Las Vegas, Nev. defeated Philadelphia, Pa. 8-1 to advance to the United States Championship game – delivered ESPN’s largest audience ever for a Little League World Series game with an average of nearly five million viewers (4,988,000) P2+, according to Nielsen. The telecast peaked between 8:30-8:45 p.m. ET with 5,585,000 viewers.


Wednesday’s telecast saw a viewership increase of 155 percent compared to last year’s comparable game, between Chula Vista, Calif. and Westport, Conn.

The Las Vegas, Nev. versus Philadelphia, Pa. telecast finished with a 3.1 U.S. household rating, which is the highest-rated Little League World Series game ever on ESPN. The success of Las Vegas, Nev. versus Philadelphia, Pa. helped propel ESPN to win the night across all of television (cable and broadcast) in multiple male demos, including M12-17 and M25-54.

The previous viewership record for a Little League World Series game on ESPN was set on August 23, 2001, when an average of 3,322,000 viewers tuned in to see Oceanside, Calif. versus Bronx, N.Y.

Little League World Series continues on ESPN
The 2014 Little League World Series presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes continues tonight – Thursday, Aug. 21 – when Philadelphia and Chicago meet at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN and available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku via WatchESPN. The Little League World Series concludes over the weekend on ABC with the International Championship game (Saturday, Aug. 23, 12:30 p.m.), the United States Championship game (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.) and the World Series Championship (Sunday, Aug. 24, 3 p.m.)