With two National League division titles coming down to tiebreakers on Monday, ESPN hit a number of high-water marks for Major League Baseball ratings.
“ESPN delivered its two highest-rated MLB regular season afternoon telecasts in 20 years (since 1998), according to metered market ratings from Nielsen,” the network said in an announcement released today. “The Los Angeles Dodgers victory over the Colorado Rockies (4 p.m. ET start time), generated a 2.3 rating. Additionally, the Milwaukee Brewers victory over the Chicago Cubs (1 p.m. ET start time), drew a 1.9 rating. The historic MLB tiebreaker doubleheader averaged a 2.1 rating.”
The announcement notes that the Rockies-Dodgers game generated record regular season local ratings on ESPN in both the Denver and Los Angeles markets. In the Denver market, the telecast drew a 9.0 rating, while in the Los Angeles market, the game drew a 6.9 rating.
The Brewers-Cubs game delivered a 13.5 rating in the Milwaukee market, making it the highest-rated regular season MLB game on ESPN in the market. In Chicago, the telecast drew an 8.3 rating, making it the highest-rated regular season MLB game on ESPN since their World Series Championship banner-raising ceremony in April 2017, the network said.
The Cubs will host the Rockies in tonight’s MLB National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire, exclusively on ESPN. The telecast begins at 8 p.m. ET and will be called by the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball team of Matt Vasgersian, Jessica Mendoza, Alex Rodriguez and Buster Olney.