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Overnight Ratings: Little League Finale Down On ABC; Best Travers Stakes Since '04

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 31 / 15

ABC yesterday drew a 2.8 overnight for Japan’s win over Lewisberry, PA., in the Little League World Series World Championship, down from a 3.5 last year for South Korea’s win over the Jackie Robinson West team from the Chicago area. WIN OR PLACE : NBC on Saturday drew a 1.3 overnight...

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