On-field stalking elevates FOX to the highest level of the MLB season

The Aaron Judge The home run chase brought the largest audience to FOX’s Major League Baseball season on Thursday night.

The Regional Baseball League averaged ratings on FOX featuring Red Sox-Yankees in most markets of 1.9 and 3.23 million viewers Thursday night, the highest-rated and most-watched game of the regular season. Previous highs were 1.7 and 3.10 million in Cubs-Reds’ “Field of Dreams” game last month. The Yankees of Aaron Judge entered Thursday’s game with 60 home runs, shy of the MLS all-time record.

Eight of the ten most-watched MLB windows this season have featured the Yankees, six of those eight pitting New York against their Boston rivals.

In addition to the season’s peak, Thursday’s telecast served the largest baseball audience in September on any network since the 2014 Royals-A’s Wild Card (5.2M) and the largest in a regular season versus the NFL since at least the late 2000s. Figures for the Steelers Browns competitors Thursday night football The game on Amazon Prime is not likely to be available until next week.

New York topped all markets Thursday night with a rating of 6.9 and 17 shares, followed by nearby Hartford-New Haven at 6.6/16. Philadelphia (5.3/12), Atlanta (4.8/13) and Boston (4.4/11) were close to the top five, with the Boston market Providence High School, RI, is straight out at 4.3/10.

As one would expect, chasing the judge at home was a strong draw in New York. Domestically, the Pirates-Yankees game Wednesday averaged 600,000 viewers on YES — the largest audience for a Yankee game on RSN since 2018, excluding “Subway Series” games against crosstown Mets. It surpassed the previous four-year high set the night before with the same match at 539,000 spectators. YES is now averaging 352,000 for Yankees games this season, up 23% from last year, and on track to be ranked as the most-watched season since 2011.

In another MLB move, the Dodgers-Giants had a rating of just 0.46 and 787,000 viewers on ESPN’s Sunday night baseball Last week – only the Giants-Cubs topped the previous week (0.35, 634K) as the least watched Sunday night game of the season. TBS only cut 249,000 for the Astros-Rays Tuesday night, with no numbers available for the Cardinals-Padres nightly cover.

Biggest crowd for MLB 2022

(Nielsen estimates from Programming Insider 9.23, Fox Sports, YES Network, ShowBuzz Daily 9.20, 9.21)

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