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Hype over the last two #1 picks in the MLB Draft gave MLB Network better-than-usual numbers.

Tuesday’s Pirates/Nationals game, featuring the Major League debut of Nationals pitcher and 2009 first pick Stephen Strasberg, drew a 0.6 overnight rating on MLB Network — the highest overnight rating in the history of the network.

The MLB Network telecast was blacked out in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh.

The previous night, first round coverage of the 2010 MLB Draft drew a 0.11 rating (132,000 HHs) on MLB Network — up from last year’s 0.09 (98,000 HHs), but down from a 0.25 (284,000 HHs) in ’08, when the event aired on ESPN2.

Ratings peaked at a 0.16 during the first hour of the telecast, when the Nationals drafted Bryce Harper #1 overall.

(Sports Business Daily)