There were reasons for Yankees-Red Sox winning ratings war

Masahiro Tanaka delivers a pitch to Boston Red

Masahiro Tanaka delivers a pitch to Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz during the first inning of a game at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Elise Amendola

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It is only April, but in ratings terms the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry showed Tuesday night it is in midseason form, winning a four-way race on a busy night in New York-area sports. The Yankees averaged 4.72 percent of households in the metropolitan area on Channel 9 compared with 3.42 percent for the Rangers-Flyers playoff game on MSG and MSG Plus, 2.35 for the Nets-Raptors playoff game on YES and 2.02 for the Cardinals-Mets game on SNY.

A couple of things to keep in mind: Channel 9 is the only broadcast outlet among the contenders, somewhat increasing its reach. Also, while Nielsen compiles data for each event separately, the reality is that on a night such as Tuesday, most avid sports fans likely did more than a little flipping around among two or more games.

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