The debut of Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg crushed the previous record for baseball ratings on MASN. And the previous record shows how woeful local Nationals ratings had been, and why Strasburg is such a big deal for the Nationals.
Tuesday's Pirates/Nationals game drew a 7.1 rating on MASN, according to preliminary numbers, easily the highest rating ever for a Nationals game on the network. The previous record was a comparably low 2.0 for two Mets/Nationals games in May.
lots more at Sports Media Watch including which two shows on Tuesday beat the baseball game ratings locally in DC.
It was also the highest rating for MLB network:
Tuesday's Pirates/Nationals game...drew a 0.6 overnight rating on MLB Network -- the highest overnight rating in the history of the network.
also Sports Media Watch