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ALL EYES WERE ON MO’NE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

August 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Wednesday night’s Little League World Series telecast on ESPN averaged a record 4.99 million viewers, peaking at the the 8:30 quarter hour as viewers tuned in to watch 13-year-old sensation Mo’Ne Davis, the first Little Leaguer ever featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, pitch for her Pennsylvania Taney Dragons team. With some sports writers suggesting that she succumbed to the pressures of fame, Davis was pulled from the game after she allowed three runs against Las Vegas’s Mountain Ridge team. (In the end, Davis’s team suffered an 8-1 loss and was eliminated from the championship series on Thursday after a 6-5 loss to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West.) The telecast shattered earlier records for a Little League World Series telecast. The previous record was set 13 years ago, when an average of 3.32 million viewers tuned in. ABC is due to carry the final championship games this weekend with the International Championship game (Saturday, Aug. 23, 12:30 p.m.), the United States Championship game (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.) and the World Series Championship (Sunday, Aug. 24, 3 p.m.).