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Serena vs. Venus outrates Mets and Yankees in New York market

Serena Williams, left, of the United States hugs

Serena Williams, left, of the United States hugs Venus Williams of the United States after defeating her in their Women's Singles Quarterfinals match on Day Nine of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2015. Credit: Al Bello

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.

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