LOS ANGELES : The riveting World Baseball Classic (WBC) final that saw Japan beat the U.S. 3-2 on Tuesday in Miami drew a combined audience of 5.2 million in the U.S., a record for a WBC game, Major League Baseball said on Wednesday.
Shohei Ohtani struck out Mike Trout in a showdown between two of the game's best players to seal Japan's third win in five editions of the global showcase.
U.S. viewership for the game soared by 69 per cent from the 2017 final in Los Angeles, and three of the four most-watched games in tournament history took place during this year's edition, MLB said.
Japanese viewership numbers for the final were not yet available, the league added.
Around the world, the five largest viewership gains in comparison to 2017 were Taiwan (+151 per cent), Mexico (+103 per cent), Canada (+44 per cent), South Korea (+36 per cent) and Puerto Rico (+11 per cent).
The next edition of the WBC will be held in 2026.