On Tuesday, Matt Harvey started a game at Citi Field for the New York Mets for the first time since his 2013 Tommy John surgery. The Mets drew a crowd of 39,489 to the ballpark for the game, and SNY delivered some fantastic viewership numbers for the 6-5 Mets win.
322,000 households and 429,161 viewers tuned into the game, the highest numbers since a 5-0 Mets win over the Tigers on June 23, 2010. The 4.32 rating was the highest rating the Mets have pulled on SNY since a 6-5 walk off win over the Phillies on July 5th, 2012.
The game also dominated its timeslot, drawing a 2.67 rating in viewers 25-54. That won the timeslot for the night in the demographic, even beating the Yankees (who lost 4-3 to the Orioles) on YES. The last game to top that 2.67 mark in the demo? September 28, 2008 against the Marlins, featuring the end of the second-straight September collapse for the Mets and also the final game at Shea Stadium. That wasn’t a good time.
The Mets received a lot of grief for not starting Harvey at the home opener on Monday against the Phillies, but based on the ticket sales for both games and Tuesday’s TV ratings, it looks like they made the right decision from a fiscal standpoint.
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