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Strong Start to Season for Sunday Night Baseball


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ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball has started the 2019 season strongly, with a 3-percent rise in viewers over the first 10 games.

The June 2nd edition featuring the New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox drew the largest audience since last August for the network.

The franchise is averaging 1,505,000 viewers through 10 telecasts, up from 1,460,000 viewers last year. In addition, ESPN has generated five consecutive weeks of year-over-year audience increases for Sunday Night Baseball.

The June 2 edition, in which the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees, averaged 1,973,000 viewers, up 36 percent from 1,446,000 viewers for last year’s comparable game (Red Sox vs. Houston Astros). It is now ESPN’s most-watched MLB telecast since August 12, 2018 (Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals). Sunday’s telecast peaked with 2,565,000 viewers from 9-9:15 p.m. ET.

Matt Vasgersian provides the play-by-play for Sunday Night Baseball, alongside analysts Jessica Mendoza and Alex Rodriguez, and reporter Buster Olney.

The series continues on June 9, at 7 p.m. ET as the Chicago Cubs and Javier Baez host the St. Louis Cardinals and Paul Goldschmidt. It is also available on the ESPN App, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio.