Arkansas, OSU had highest rating for CWS finals in 9 years

By: Matt Jones
Published: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn, right, shakes hands with Oregon State coach Pat Casey following a news conference Sunday, June 24, 2018, at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Photo by Ben Goff
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn, right, shakes hands with Oregon State coach Pat Casey following a news conference Sunday, June 24, 2018, at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

— The College World Series championship matchup between Arkansas and Oregon State was the most-watched final round in Omaha since the 2009 matchup between LSU and Texas, according to ESPN.

The three games averaged 1.9 million live viewers, with a peak audience of 3.1 million viewers for the end of the Beavers' 5-3 comeback win over the Razorbacks in Game 2 on Wednesday.

Arkansas' 4-1 win on Tuesday and Oregon State's title-clinching 5-0 win on Thursday each averaged 1.8 million live viewers.

Heading into the College World Series, viewership for the 2018 NCAA Tournament had increased by 34 percent over the year before, according to Nielsen ratings.

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