ESPN Connects With 6.9 Million Home Run Derby Viewers


The battle between Robinson Cano and Adrian Gonzalez during Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby Monday night played out before nearly 6.7 millon viewers on ESPN.

The worldwide leader's July 10 telecast of the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby -- won by the New York Yankees second baseman over the Boston Red Sox first sacker -- averaged 6.69 million iewers, a 4% increase from  last year's 6.42 million, according to Nielsej fast national data.

The event's 4.7 rating was up 2% over last year's 4.6 rating, according to Nielsen. Interestingly, the telecast peaked with a 5.1 from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.( ET), but the contest was decided until nearly an hour later.

The top five metered markets for the derby were: Boston (10.3), Milwaukee (9.3), Providence (8.4), St. Louis (7.8) and Hartford/New Haven (7.5). Phoenix, the host city, registered a 6.3 rating and New York posted a 6.1, both ranking in the top 10.