ESPN stepped up to the plate in a big way Wednesday night. The Worldwide Leader said today that its coverage of the San Francisco Giants’ nail-biting win over the New York Mets was the highest-rated MLB Wild Card Game since the play-in contests began in 2012, gloving a 5.8 overnight rating. It topped the 5.7 scored by both of last year’s play-in games.
The game peaked with a 7.1 overnight rating from 11-11:15 PM ET as the Giants’ Conor Gillaspie scorched a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to break a scoreless tie. Based on the overnights, ESPN said it expects to win the night across all of TV.
Giants-Mets also set a number of records in the digital space. ESPN said it drew the largest streaming audience for any MLB event, including 36 million total minutes streamed, 634,400 unique viewers and an average minute audience of 173,800 viewers. Those numbers are up 40 percent, 42 percent and 37 percent, respectively, from last year’s American League Wild Card Game between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros on Disney’s ESPN.
The 3-0 win at Citi Field in NYC sends the Giants to Chicago to face the Cubs in the National League Division Series, which starts Friday on Fox Sports 1. the MLB Playoffs continue tonight with Game 1 of both American League Division series — Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers at 4:30 PM ET and Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians at 8 PM; both games will air on TBS.