Press Release World Baseball Classic, Inc.
Upset of Two-Time Defending Champion Japan is Highest-Rated Sports Broadcast in Puerto Rico in Past Year – 74% of Televisions on in Puerto Rico Tuned in to Final Moments of Game
Puerto Rico’s stunning upset of two-time defending World Baseball Classic Champion Japan on Monday night in San Francisco drew a massive television audience back home. The Semi-Final game – broadcast in Puerto Rico on MLB Network, ESPN Deportes and local station Telemundo WKAQ – averaged a combined 24.2 household rating and 48 share (percentage of viewers whose television was on). Both figures are the highest for any sports program in Puerto Rico in at least the past 12 months. At its peak during the ninth inning and immediately following Puerto Rico’s win, the share jumped to an astounding 74.
In Tuesday’s final, Puerto Rico will face the undefeated Dominican Republic team – led by All-Stars Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano, Hanley Ramirez and Fernando Rodney, along with Giants World Champion Santiago Casilla.
Individual tickets for the championship game in San Francisco can be purchased at worldbaseballclassic.com or by calling 877-4SFGTIX. Tickets can also be purchased at any Giants Dugout store or the ballpark. Windows are open at AT&T Park from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. everyday throughout the tournament. All games will be televised on MLB Network and ESPN Deportes, and the Championship game will also be broadcast by Telemundo WKAQ in Puerto Rico.