Baseball scores for ESPN2, YES


NEW YORK -- Baseball returned with a vengeance in the ratings, giving ESPN and YES Network record-breaking telecasts with the season openers of the two New York teams.

Sunday night's New York Mets-St. Louis Cardinals season opener on ESPN2 averaged 3.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. It was the most-watched regular-season baseball telecast ever on ESPN2 and the most-watched season opener on national TV since 1994's St. Louis Cardinals-Cincinnati Reds game (3.6 million viewers).

The previous record was the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox 2005 season opener on a cold, rainy night in the Bronx, the first time the rivals had met since the Sox defeated the Yankees in the ALCS and swept the Cardinals in the World Series the year before. That game averaged 3.3 million viewers.

The 2007 opener was ESPN2's sixth-highest-rated telecast in the network's history.

Meanwhile, the New York Yankees on Monday not only won its season opener against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays but also scored the most-watched day telecast ever in YES Network's five-year history. Monday's game averaged 364,000 households, higher than the May 29, Detroit Tigers-Yankees day game.