The Major League Baseball Home Run Derby was a strong draw on ESPN.
Monday’s MLB Home Run Derby earned a 5.0 overnight rating on ESPN, up 6% from last year (4.7), and up 4% from 2011 (4.8).
The 5.0 overnight is the highest for the event since 2009 (5.6), though it did fall short of the last Derby to take place in New York City (2008).
Locally, the telecast earned a 7.9 rating in host market New York City, good for fourth place among metered markets. Detroit (9.8) was the top overall market, with Pittsburgh (9.6) and Baltimore (9.0), ranking second and third, respectively.
The Home Run Derby earned the second-highest overnight for any non-football event on ESPN this year, trailing only Game 3 of the Heat/Bulls NBA playoff series in May (5.2).
Compared to other All-Star events, the Home Run Derby topped NBA All-Star Saturday Night on TNT (4.3) and finished not too far behind the actual NBA All-Star Game (5.9).
(Mon. numbers from ESPN Media Zone, ESPN)