ESPN Earns Second-Best Overnight Rating For LLWS Despite Mo'ne Not Being On The Mound
ESPN earned a 2.6 overnight rating for Illinois' 6-5 win over Pennsylvania in the Little League World Series on Thursday, the net's second-best rating on record from Williamsport. Last night's figure only trails Wednesday night's 3.4 rating for Nevada-Pennsylvania. Mo'ne Davis was the starting pitcher for the Pennsylvania team Wednesday, but Little League rules prevented her from pitching Thursday. Illinois-Pennsylvania earned an 8.9 rating in Philadelphia, second only to Wednesday's 14.9 figure. Meanwhile, ESPN drew a 7.6 rating in Chicago, the highest ever for a Little League telecast on the net in that market (Josh Carpenter, Staff Writer).
Has media coverage of Mo'Ne Davis been too much?
POPULARITY CONTEST: Phillies 1B Ryan Howard visited Williamsport on Thursday, and after meeting with the Pennsylvania players said that he "doesn't think they have any idea how popular they are right now." Howard: "I don't think they understand the magnitude of what it is they've been able to accomplish -- for themselves and for the entire city of Philadelphia. When they get back, people should show them that praise" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 8/22). A N.Y. POST editorial states of Davis' popularity and the Spurs' hiring of Becky Hammon, "Together, they are reflection of one of America’s greatest practices: rewarding merit -- regardless of sex or race" (N.Y. POST, 8/22).