ESPN's AL Wild Card Game sets ratings records


Michelle Clancy

| 08 October 2015

ESPNís American League Wild Card telecast was the highest rated MLB Wild Card Game ever.

The baseball showdown, which saw the Houston Astros defeat the New York Yankees 3-0, delivered a 5.7 overnight rating, making it also the highest rated MLB game on ESPN in 12 years, according to Nielsen.

It was significant as well because Jessica Mendoza made history during the telecast by becoming the first female analyst for a nationally televised MLB playoff game. After the game, her scorecard was collected for inclusion to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. She called the game alongside Dan Shulman, John Kruk and Buster Olney with Tampa Bay Rays star Chris Archer.

Additionally, it generated the largest audience for an MLB game ever on WatchESPN, setting records across metrics, including 445,000 unique viewers, an average minute audience of 127,000 viewers, and 25.7 million total minutes viewed across devices.

ESPN's digital properties continue to grow in the double-digits in terms of viewership.