Tuesday’s National League Wild Card Game, featuring a marathon 13-inning pitching duel in which the Colorado Rockies eventually prevailed, eliminating the Chicago Cubs 2-1, delivered a huge increase in viewers over last year’s game.
Citing Nielsen data, ESPN announced that the game was up 59% over the 2017 NL Wild Card Game on ESPN platforms. ESPN and ESPN2 combined to deliver a 5.1 metered market rating, vs. a 3.2 last year. The telecasts combined to peak with a 6.0 metered market rating from 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET.
Tuesday’s ESPN-only telecast delivered a 4.6 metered market rating.
“Additionally, ESPN2 first Wild Card alternative viewing experience drew a 0.5 metered market rating, making it one of ESPN’s highest-rated alternative viewing experiences to date, across sports properties,” ESPN announced, adding: “In the Denver market, ESPN and ESPN2 combined to draw a 18.6 rating, up 41 percent from the local Denver market rating for last year’s National League Wild Card Game. The telecasts delivered an 18.1 rating in the Chicago market and an 11.9 rating in the Milwaukee market.”