Mets-Sox a Ratings Winner


The New York Mets may have wound up on the wrong end of the scoreboard, but rookie service SportsNet New York rung up record ratings with the Amazins' Major League Baseball game against the Boston Red Sox June 29.

The game generated a 5.3 rating within the New York DMA for SNY, attracting some 391,200 households, according to Nielsen Media Research data supplied by the regional sports network.

Not only did the contest surpass the 4.7 household mark SNY registered with the Mets and Sox in their series opener from Fenway Park June 27, but network officials said it was the highest-rated Mets game on an RSN since Sept. 21, 2001.

SNY’s June 29 telecast was the top telecast overall, broadcast or cable, in the New York DMA among men 18-49 (a 3.8 rating) and 25-54 (4.4) that day, according to network officials.

For the season to date, SNY -- which is owned by Time Warner Cable, Comcast and the Mets-driven Sterling Entertainment Enterprises -- has averaged a 2.7 household rating, up 80% from the 1.5 average when the games were on Cablevision Systems-owned FSN New York and Madison Square Garden Network last season.