Rangers/Astros MLB Opener Down Double-Digits on ESPN

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The 2013 Major League Baseball season got off to a slower start on ESPN Sunday night.

The Rangers/Astros Major League Baseball regular season game earned a 1.5 overnight rating on ESPN Sunday night — down 17% from both Cardinals/Marlins last year (1.8) and Dodgers/Giants in 2011 (1.8). Last year’s Cardinals/Marlins opener took place on a Wednesday night; the 2011 Dodgers/Giants game was on a Thursday night.

Compared to previous “Sunday Night Baseball” season debuts, the 1.5 overnight is up a tick from both Rangers/White Sox last year and Giants/Dodgers on ESPN2 in 2011 (1.4).

Locally, Sunday’s game drew a 5.6 rating in Dallas-Ft. Worth (down 34% from the Rangers’ “SNB” opener last year) and a 4.2 in Houston.

(Sunday’s numbers from Houston Chronicle)

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