MLB on ESPN: Most-Watched T-Mobile Home Run Derby Since 2017


MLB on ESPN: Most-Watched T-Mobile Home Run Derby Since 2017

Average Audience of 7,126,000 Viewers Across ESPN and ESPN2, Peaking with 8,685,000 Viewers

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Last night’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby on ESPN and ESPN2 was the most-watched since 2017, according to Nielsen. The event generated an average audience of 7,126,000 viewers, including 6,358,000 viewers on ESPN and 767,000 viewers on ESPN2 for the Statcast-focused alternate presentation.

The telecast peaked with 8,685,000 viewers from 9:30-9:45 p.m. ET during the swing-off between Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto.

Viewership for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby was up 13 percent from 2019 and up 19 percent from 2018. The ESPN2 Statcast-focused alternate presentation made its debut in 2018. There was no MLB All-Star event in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here are the top five local market ratings for the 2021 T-Mobile Home Run Derby:

Market Rating
1)Kansas City 8.2
2)Denver 7.8
3)Cincinnati 7.6
4)San Diego 7.5
5)Hartford 6.6

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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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