It wasn't just Fresno State fans who crowded around television sets to watch the local Bulldogs play their way to the NCAA baseball National Championship. ESPN and ESPN2's coverage of the College World Series was the most-viewed ever on both networks.
The cable channel averaged 1,120,000 viewers and 1,091,000 households for nine games, ESPN reports. That is an increase of more than 26% in total viewers from 2007's five College World Series telecasts and 27% in total households.
ESPN's coverage of Game 3 of the best-of-three College World Series finals between Fresno State and Georgia was the network's second-highest-rated college baseball telecast ever.
The game averaged 1,897,000 households and a 2.0 rating. The top telecast was the North Carolina-Oregon State deciding third game June 26, 2006. That game on ESPN averaged 1,979,000 households and a 2.2 rating.
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ESPN2 averaged 771,000 households for that cable channel's seven telecasts leading up to the finals. That is about 988,000 total viewers for an increase of 3% over last year's 10 games.