MLB Press Release
World Baseball Classic semi-finals generate massive television viewership in Japan
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. Today, Puerto Rico takes on the undefeated Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic Championship game, which will be available to 440 million households worldwide, reaching more than 200 countries and territories in 15 different languages. In the U.S., the game will be televised on MLB Network in English and ESPN Deportes in Spanish. In Puerto Rico, the game will also be broadcast by Telemundo WKAQ, while in the Dominican Republic the game will be televised by CDN.