The Yankees' loss to the Astros Tuesday in the American League wild-card game averaged 7.6 million viewers on ESPN, making it the most-viewed of the seven wild-card games played under the current postseason format.

That figure was up 46 percent from last year's AL wild-card game between the Royals and Athletics.

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The game, which peaked at 8.6 million viewers from 10:30 to 11 p.m., also was the most-watched MLB game of any kind on ESPN since 2003.

An average of 4.9 percent of homes watched the game nationally, including 14.8 percent in the Houston area and 12.0 percent in New York.