The New York Yankees' dramatic win over the rival Boston Red Sox Tuesday night played big for the Bronx Bombers’ regional sports network and MLB Network.
YES Network earned a 6.87 household rating and 698,000 viewers in the New York DMA for its Oct. 2 coverage of the Yanks’ 4-3 win in the 12th inning, according to Nielsen data. The game, which saw Raul Ibanez’ two-run pinch-hit homer tie matters in the bottom of the ninth before his single won it three innings later, peaked in the 10 p.m. quarter hour with a 10.6 DMA rating and 1.13 million watchers. That was YES’s top telecast since Sept. 1, 2011 when the Yanks-Bosox averaged 733,000 viewers.
Nationally, MLB Network averaged 605,000 viewers, making New York-Boston the service’s most-watched program ever. MLB Network’s coverage also peaked in the aforementioned time period, garnering 878,000 watchers.
Baseball’s in-house service, which is about to embark on its inaugural season of presenting postseason action with its coverage of Division Series contests on Oct. 7 and Oct. 10, also recorded the top studio telecast of 2012: MLB Tonight tallied an average audience of 259,000 watchers on Tuesday night.