July 24, 2020 / 7:59 PM / 17 days ago

Baseball's long-delayed debut sets TV ratings records on ESPN

LOS ANGELES, July 24 (Reuters) - The opening night of Major League Baseball’s abbreviated 2020 season set TV viewership records for Walt Disney Co’s ESPN sports channel, the network said on Friday.

An average of 4 million viewers watched the New York Yankees visit defending champions the Washington Nationals, the first game of a season delayed by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN said in a statement. Nearly 2.8 million tuned in to see the San Francisco Giants battle the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Reporting by Lisa Richwine Editing by Chris Reese)

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