When SNY launched in 2006, the Mets were the talk of the town in baseball and the Jets were led by the relentlessly bland Eric Mangini.
Five years later, the Jets are the talk of the nation in football, led by the relentlessly colorful Rex Ryan, and the Mets are . . . well, are they still playing games this season?
Bottom line: SNY, which prides itself on its programming beyond Mets games, has lucked out big time in having a partnership with the Jets in the Ryan era, and the network generally has done a good job with its coverage, especially its always thorough postgame shows.
Alas, though, the Mets still are SNY's key pillar, and there is nothing the channel or its first-rate announcing booth can do about the team on the field.
SNY is averaging 2.23 percent of area homes for its Mets games this season, down from 2.75 at this time last season and headed for the lowest full-season Mets ratings in the network's history.
(SNY's best full-season ratings were 3.3 in both 2007 and '08, when the team was locked in close playoff races to the bitter end.)
Yankees games on YES are averaging 4.31 percent of area homes, down from 4.47 at a similar point in 2010.