People watch the game on television at Atlas Brew Works – Street Brewery and Tap Room during the home opener for the Washington Nationals vs New York Yankees at Nationals Park on Thursday, July 23, 2020 in Washington, DCSalwan Georges | Le Washington Post | Getty Images
Major League Baseball began its Covid-19 regular season Thursday night with a record average of 4 million viewers, the most-watched regular-season MLB game on any network since 2011, according to ESPN, which has broadcast the opening game.The New York Yankees beat the Washington Nationals, 4-1, on MLB 2020 opening day on ESPN. New Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole, who signed a $ 324 million contract last December, earned his first victory for the team.
According to ESPN, broadcasting was up “232% from last year’s opening night broadcast between the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners” which drew 1.2 million viewers. The game peaked at 4.4 million viewers around 8:30 p.m.
“It also generated a 7.8 rating in the New York market, making it the highest rated regular season MLB game on ESPN in the market since 2015,” ESPN said.
In addition, the network’s second game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers generated an average of 2.7 million viewers, making it “the late-night ET game of the MLB regular season. ESPN’s most watched ”.
The MLB resumes its opening day contests Friday with 15 games on the schedule.