The Aug. 2 edition of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell – the New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 5-2 – delivered a 1.7 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. This is up six percent from a 1.6 for last year’s comparable game (L.A. Dodgers-San Francisco Giants).
In New York, the telecast generated a 6.4, making it the highest-rated regular-season Major League Baseball game on ESPN in the market since July 8, 2012 (Red Sox-Yankees, 7.1). It is also the highest-rated Mets game (excluding Mets-Yankees) on ESPN in the market since Aug. 5, 2007 (Mets-Cubs in Tom Glavine’s 300th win).
In Washington D.C., the telecast generated a 4.1 rating, making it the highest-rated regular-season MLB game on ESPN in the market since the inaugural game at Nationals Park on Mar. 30, 2008 (6.4).
Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell continues Aug. 9, when the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Los Angeles Dodgers at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and WatchESPN.