National League Wild Card Game on ESPN Platforms Up 59 Percent From 2017


ESPN, ESPN2 Combine to Deliver 5.1 Metered Market Rating, Peaked with 6.0

ESPN’s coverage of the 2018 MLB National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire was up 59 percent from the National League Wild Card Game in 2017, according to Nielsen. ESPN and ESPN2 combined to deliver a 5.1 metered market rating compared to 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 generated 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.

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.

ESPN is expected to win the night across all of cable television for Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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