The Yankees returned home over the weekend following the deaths of principal owner George Steinbrenner and longtime public address announcer Bob Sheppard.
Waiting for the team after the All-Star Break were their legions of fans to grief with them.
With heavy hearts, the Yankees took the field on Friday night against Tampa Bay wearing memorial patches for both Steinbrenner and Sheppard.
A special tribute took place on the YES Network as part of their pre-game coverage. Those 30 minutes had a 2.26 average TV household rating.
As for the game itself, on My9/WWOR, it pulled in a 7.09 household rating, or 768,000 average viewers. It was highest-rated Yankees game on My9 this season.
There was more emotion on Saturday, as part of the annual Old Timers’ Day.
The two-hour event held special poignancy this time around. YES garnered their highest-rated and most-viewed Old Timers’ Day ever.
Saturday’s special pulled in a 3.28 household rating (318,000 average viewers), eclipsing the previous highest rated and most-viewers Old Timers’ Day broadcast in 2004.
YES continued its good fortune on Sunday, as the series wrapped up with the Rays. The game registered a 6.33 household rating, making it the cable network’s highest-rated and most-watched non Red Sox telecast this season.
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