Mo’Ne Davis’ power breaks Little League World Series ratings

BY Anya van Wagtendonk  August 21, 2014 at 6:35 PM EDT

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 20: Mo'ne Davis #3 of Pennsylvania pitches to a Nevada batter during the United States division game at the Little League World Series tournament at Lamade Stadium on August 20, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA – AUGUST 20: Mo’ne Davis #3 of Pennsylvania pitches to a Nevada batter during the United States division game at the Little League World Series tournament at Lamade Stadium on August 20, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


Wednesday wasn’t a great night for Mo’ne Davis, the teenage pitching phenom making headlines for her performance in this year’s Little League World Series.

The thirteen-year-old Philadelphia native was pulled out after giving up three runs and six hits. “There’s no question [she] didn’t have her A-game tonight,” her team manager said.

But it was a winning night for ESPN, the television network airing the series, which enjoyed record ratings for the event as viewers across the country tuned in to watch Davis’ seventy mile-an-hour fastball.

With an overnight national rating of 3.4, corresponding to the percentage of homes with televisions watching a program, it was the most-watched LLWS game in the network’s history.

Davis made it to the cover of Sports Illustrated last week after becoming the first girl to throw a shutout in LLWS history.