Derek Jeter’s Home Farewell Sets New York Ratings Record for YES

The last home game in Derek Jeter’s career turned out to be a success not only for the Yankees as they beat the Baltimore Orioles on a walkoff single by the shortstop, but also for YES Network which aired the game live throughout the New York DMA.

YES says it averaged a 10.84 rating for the game with 1.25 million viewers making it not only the most watched game on the network, but it’s believed to be the most watched game on any New York regional sports network.

At its peak in the final quarter-hour which signified the bottom of the 9th when Jeter made his heroics, the rating reached as high as 16.55 and an audience of 1.99 million.

The previous high on YES was a Yankees-Boston Red Sox game in 2–5 which marked the banner raising for the Red Sox.

Here’s what YES is saying about the Jeter home finale.



Game Telecast Peaked at Nearly 2 Million Viewers


NEW YORK, Friday, September 26, 2014 – Last night’s Orioles-Yankees game, Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium, was the most-viewed game telecast ever on the YES Network, averaging 1.25 million viewers in the New York DMA per Nielsen (a 10.84 average TV Household rating). Last night’s game is believed to be the most-vied game ever on any New York regional sports network.  


Last night’s Orioles-Yankees telecast peaked at 1.99 million viewers from 10:15 to 10:30 pm ET (16.55 average TV Household rating), the most-viewed quarter-hour in YES’ history. The entire game telecast was the most-viewed program on any single network in the New York DMA last night.


Last night’s pre-game show averaged 304,000 viewers, the third-most-viewed pre-game show ever on YES (2.97 average TV Household rating). Last night’s post-game show averaged 400,000 viewers, the fifth-most-viewed Yankees postgame show ever on YES (3.68 average TV Household rating).  


The previously most-viewed game telecast on YES was of the Yankees-Red Sox April 3, 2005, game which attracted an average of 1.21 million viewers (an 11.64 average TV Household rating). 

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Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013. He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television. Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.