- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 3, 2009

BRISTOL, Conn. — The Little League World Series semifinal game between two U.S. teams was the highest rated on ESPN since 2002.

ESPN announced Thursday that the semifinal between teams from Warner Robins, Ga., and Chula Vista, Calif., last week earned a 1.9 rating. It’s the best since teams from Worcester, Mass., and Harlem, N.Y., drew a 3.0 for their U.S. semifinal seven years ago.

Overall, LLWS ratings rebounded after being down last year. The 21 games on ESPN averaged a 0.9 rating, up from 0.6 in 2008 and 0.8 in 2007. The 16 games on ESPN2 averaged a 0.8 rating, the highest since 2002.

The four games on ABC averaged a 1.5 rating, up from 1.2 last year.

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