Wednesday, March 20, 2013

World Baseball Classic Semi-Finals generates massive TV Viewership in Japan

Press Release World Baseball Classic, Inc.

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Loss to Puerto Rico on Sunday Watched by 51% of Potential Viewers in Japan

The World Baseball Classic continues to generate massive television ratings in the competing countries.  In Japan, Sunday’s loss to Puerto Rico earned a 51 share (percentage of available viewers tuned to the game), the largest share for any of Japan’s World Baseball Classic games this year.

That game was also the most-watched sporting event in the past year in Puerto Rico, with the final moments of the game peaking at an astonishing 74 share.  On Tuesday evening Puerto Rico took on the undefeated Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic Championship game, which was available to 440 million households worldwide, reaching more than 200 countries and territories in 15 different languages. In the U.S., the game was televised on MLB Network in English and ESPN Deportes in Spanish.  In Puerto Rico, the game was also broadcast by Telemundo WKAQ, while in the Dominican Republic the game was televised by CDN.