Perennial Ratings Winner, Yankees and Red Sox Do it Again for YES

Once again, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox head into the final month of the season jockeying for position atop the AL East. And once again, their games rocket high in the ratings.

The mid-week series at Fenway Park grabbed the top two prime time slots, according to the Nielsen.

The September 1st game, which the Yankees held on for a 4-2 victory, was number one with 733,000 YES Network viewers and a 3.6 rating.

The previous night (won by the Red Sox, 9-5) settled for number two (630,000/3.1) on YES.

Even without Boston, the Yankees’ ratings didn’t suffer. Friday night hosting (and beating) the Blue Jays took sixth place (488,000/2.4).

USA’s drama Royal Pains notched a third-place finish (602,000/3.0), while WCBS had their usual outstanding showing from 60 Minutes at four (557,000/2.8).

More highlights from the Top 30 after the jump

  • America’s Got Talent cracked the Top 5 for the week, with 532,000 WNBC viewers and a 2.6 rating for the Wednesday episode.
  • MTV’s Jersey Shore, which has been consistently number one since returning with season four, managed just a tie for number 21 (332,000/1.6).
  • The final preseason football games for the Jets and Giants registered in the Top 30. The Giants, broadcast on WNBC September 1st, landed at 15 (334,000/1.7).
  • The Jets, seen on WCBS September 1st, placed 30th (303,000/1.5).