With Aaron Judge setting the American League home run record, Albert Pujols reaching the 700 home run milestone, the Dodgers breaking their all-time franchise wins record, and Shohei Ohtani continuing his unprecedented two-way performance, baseball fans watched the action on MLB.TV in record fashion.
MLB.TV registered over 11.5 billion minutes watched during the 2022 season, marking the first time in its history the service surpassed 11 billion. This season’s total is a +9.8% increase over last year’s tally of more than 10.5 billion minutes watched. MLB.TV achieved the previous record in 2021 when more than 10 billion minutes was watched for the first time ever.
The five most-watched games ever and nine of the 10 most-watched games ever all took place in 2022. The most-watched game in MLB.TV’s 20-year history was the Red Sox vs. the Yankees on April 8, 2022, which was Opening Day for both Clubs.
The league’s out-of-market streaming platform also accumulated the three most-watched days and nine of the 10 most-watched days ever during the 2022 season.
Baseball fans also continued to consume more on-demand and shoulder programming on MLB.TV. Viewership of Big Inning, MLB.TV’s nightly whip around show, increased +84% in minutes watched over 2021, while Minor League Baseball games, Free Game of the Day and shows like Carded all saw improved viewership and engagement.
Major League Baseball made history 20 years ago when it livestreamed a regular season game for the first time on August 26, 2002. In 2003, MLB became the first professional sports league to stream a full season of games.