ESPN’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby Telecast Was Most-Watched Since 2008


ESPN’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby Telecast Was Most-Watched Since 2008

Second-Most Watched Derby Since 1999
Total Live Audience of 8,689,000 Viewers Up 55 Percent from Last Year
ESPN Wins the Night across Television for July 10

ESPN’s 2017 T-Mobile Home Run Derby telecast was the most-watched since 2008 and the second-most watched since 1999, according to Fast Nationals from Nielsen. ESPN generated an average total live audience of 8,689,000 viewers, up 55 percent from last year. The total live audience includes ESPN, ESPN2’s Spanish-language simulcast, ESPN Deportes and English and Spanish streaming viewers.

ESPN’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby coverage propelled the network to win the night across all of television, including broadcast and cable.

Additional 2017 T-Mobile Home Run Derby highlights:

  • Largest Hispanic audience ever for the event, tripling last year;
  • Fifth-largest total live audience for any Major League Baseball event on ESPN;
  • Fourth-largest total live audience for the event as far as Derby records go back (1998);
  • Most-streamed ESPN MLB event ever, drawing an average minute audience of 209,900 viewers;
  • Highest-rated Derby in both the New York and Los Angeles markets as far as Derby records go back (1998).

For additional metered market ratings and streaming data, visit ESPN Media Zone to access the press release issued earlier today.

 Veteran ESPN baseball commentator Karl Ravech, in his first year as the voice of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, provided commentary last night alongside analysts Mark Teixeira and Jessica Mendoza and reporter Buster Olney.

New York Yankees’ breakout superstar Aaron Judge won the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on the heels of an extraordinary performance, which included four home runs over the 500-ft mark.

Judge and the Yankees will visit Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, July 16, at 8 p.m.


Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected]. On Twitter: @Ben_ESPN.

Michael Skarka at 860-766-1342 or [email protected]. On Twitter: @Michael_ESPN

Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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