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ESPN’s Coverage of Red Sox Vs. Yankees Delivers Highest-Rated Sunday Night Baseball Game in Four Years


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  • Boston’s Comeback Victory Over New York Draws 2.2 Metered Market Rating, Up 83 Percent from Last Year
  • 8 Rating in Boston Metered Market is Best for ESPN MLB Telecast in Seven Years

Last night’s edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell – the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees in 10 innings after a thrilling comeback  – delivered the best Sunday Night Baseball rating in four years, according to Nielsen. The telecast drew a 2.2 metered market rating, making it the highest-rated Sunday Night Baseball telecast since June 22, 2014 (Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels, 2.4). This excludes the Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals 2017 Opening Night telecast, held on a Sunday.

The Red Sox vs. Yankees telecast was up 83 percent from last year’s comparable game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers, which drew a 1.2 metered market rating.

Sunday Night Baseball generated a 10.8 rating in the Boston metered market, making it the highest-rated ESPN MLB telecast in the market in seven years, since August 7, 2011, which also featured a matchup against the Yankees. In the New York market, the telecast drew a 5.7 rating.

Sunday Night Baseball continues on Aug. 12 when the Chicago Cubs host the Washington Nationals on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. Matt Vasgersian, analysts Jessica Mendoza and Alex Rodriguez, and reporter Buster Olney will provide commentary.