Breezier All-Star game sees bump to 9.3 million viewers
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 19, 2017 02:04 PM
FILE - In this July 11, 2017 photo, American League teammates celebrate winning the MLB baseball All-Star Game in Miami. The American League defeated the National League 2-1 in ten innings. Seattle Mariners Robinson Cano (22), third from right, hit the game winning home run. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
By Lynn Elber, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Baseball's breezier All-Star game scored a turn-around in viewership from last year's record low.
The game drew 9.3 million viewers to rank as the last week's No. 2 program, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. That compares to 8.7 million for 2016's game.
HBO fielded the other big standout: The season seven premiere of "Game of Thrones" drew 10.1 million viewers, zooming past the previous bests in the 8-million range for other top-rated GOT episodes.
The American League 2-1 victory at Miami was the first exhibition game in 15 years, with no World Series home-field advantage on the line. That gave Fox's broadcast room to play around, including interviews with players on the field.
The game also boasted hefty star power of teams from TV's biggest markets, with the New York Yankees' five players including rookie sensation Aaron Judge.