YES Scores Top 2013 Telecast with A-Rod Return

Yankees RSN Averges 4.3 New York DMA Rating

Alex Rodriguez's controversial return to the New York Yankees lineup helped YES Network notch its top audience of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.

YES averaged a 4.34 household rating in the New York DMA with its coverage of the Yankees' 8-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. That translated into 393,000 average viewers. The regional sports network’s May 27 Yankees-Mets telecast was the previous season high, with a 4.16 average rating.

The August 5 telecast peaked with an 8.22 average TV household rating and 756,000 total viewers from 8:30 p.m.-8:45 pm.

YES’s one-hour pre-game show last evening (7-8 pm) scored a 1.45 DMA rating, and 131,000 viewers on average.

Rodriguez, who has been rehabilitating from hip surgery, played his first game of the season on the same day MLB issued a 211-game suspension for his alleged involvement with performance-enhancing drugs, the now defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic and obstruction of baseball's investigation thereunto. The suspension would go into effect on Aug. 8, but A-Rod is expected to appeal the ruling and remain on the field pending an arbitration hearing.

Twelve other ballplayers received 50-game suspensions yesterday.