The viewership numbers for the World Series of Baseball Classic reflected the scale of its action.
Team Japan’s 3-2 victory over the United States averaged 4.48 million viewers on the Fox Sports 1 broadcast, uniting with Fox Deports and streaming services for 5.2 million viewers, The outlet announced Wednesday
for every sports business magazine, FOX Sports 1’s viewership of 4.48 million was higher than all but three of the NFL and National Division games, and also surpassed the average viewership for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series between the Phillies and Padres – when Bryce Harper gave Philadelphia the lead with a homer two-run homer in the eighth inning and extended his amazing postseason run to the World Series.
According to The AthleticThe 2017 WBC Final between the United States and Puerto Rico averaged 3.1 million viewers on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and MLB Network, nearly 2 million viewers for the 2013 championship game between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
The WBC Championship match, which was a rematch of the 2017 semi-finals, featured MLB superstars Shuhei Ohtani, Mike Trout, Trea Turner, Yu Darvish and a few others.
It also included the ninth inning where Otani hit fellow Angels teammate Trout, claiming the title, and threw his glove and hat in celebration.
According to Front Office SportsThe WBC’s fifth edition produced strong attendance and viewership numbers for teams, including Japan (62 million viewers from the country watching its match against Korea) and Puerto Rico (62 percent of their households watching them eliminate the Dominican Republic).
The Japan Championships concluded their undefeated run during WBC 2023, as Ohtani earned MVP honors after hitting . 435 — with four doubles and a homer — in seven games and compiling a 1.86 ERA.
Ohtani won both of his starts, and had the save on Tuesday against the United States.
The United States managed to play its second consecutive match in the tournament despite losing to Mexico, 11-5, and finishing second in its group.
The tournament will return again in 2026. said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.
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