Everyone was a winner in TV terms Tuesday on what was a busy night in New York sports, featuring the Williams sisters facing one another in Queens, the Yankees hosting the Orioles in the Bronx and the Mets winning a thriller over the Nationals in Washington.
ESPN narrowly won the New York-area ratings race by attracting an average of 4.7 percent of homes for its U.S. Open tennis coverage, highlighted by Serena Williams defeating Venus Williams in three sets in a quarterfinal.
New York's rating was second best among 56 major markets measured, behind only West Palm Beach, Florida, at 4.8.
The Mets were close behind at 4.56 for their 8-7 victory over the Nationals -- SNY's highest-rated game of the season. The Mets-Nationals game averaged 428,012 viewers, the most for the Mets on SNY since a June 23, 2010, game against the Tigers.
SNY's postgame show averaged 2.8 percent of homes, the best for a Mets postgame since May 27, 2009.
The Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Orioles had the least marquee appeal of the three events, but it still attracted a solid 3.29 rating on YES.