The Aug. 16 edition of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell – the Kansas City Royals defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4-3 in an extra innings thriller – generated the best rating ever for a regular-season Major League Baseball telecast on ESPN in the Kansas City market. According to Nielsen, the telecast delivered a 19.8 rating, which also makes it the highest-rated, regular-season pro sports or college sports game telecast on ESPN in the Kansas City market.
The 19.8 rating is also the best metered market rating for a regular-season Major League Baseball game on ESPN in more than six years, since the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox Sunday Night Baseball telecast on Apr. 26, 2009 delivered a 20.7 in the Boston market.
Nationally, last night’s Royals-Angels telecast drew a 1.3 overnight rating, up 30 percent from a 1.0 for last year’s comparable game (Atlanta Braves-Washington Nationals, Aug. 10, 2014).