According a press release from Major League Baseball, the 2009 World Series was broadcast by 54 of MLB’s international radio and television partners. That spans 15 languages and 233 countries and territories. The viewership was up considerably from 2008.
In Japan, live ratings were up 101% on NHK BS (which I assume is the name of the station). We’ll call that the Hideki Matsui factor.
In Panama, average ratings were up 101% on RPC and 40% on TV Max. That’s the Mariano Rivera factor.
In Korea, home of Phillies reliever Chan-Ho Park, ratings were up 73% on OBS.
In the Dominican Republic, average ratings were up 46% on CDN. In Canada, live ratings were up 65% on Rogers Sportsnet. In Mexico, average ratings were up 22% on Televisa.
The Yankees draw a crowd, and not only in New York.