There's nothing like home runs and high-scoring games to bring baseball fans to television.
The highest-scoring All-Star game in history, played at the hitters' haven of Coors Field in the year of the home run, brought NBC a 13.3 rating/25 share, 13 percent higher than the 11.8/21 last year. It was the highest rating since 1995, when ABC got a 13.9/25.Each ratings point represents 980,000 homes. The share represents the percentage of televisions in use, tuned to a particular show.
An estimated 38 million people watched at least part of the game, according to NBC research, the highest since 42 million watched the 1994 game - one month before the players went on strike.
The audience peaked from 9:30-10 p.m. EDT with a 14.9 rating and stayed above 14.5 until 11 p.m.
The game was particularly popular in Cleveland (31.0), Denver (26.6), Atlanta (21.2), Seattle (20.7) and San Diego (20.2).
Ratings for other major cities included New York (14.8), Boston (13.7), Los Angeles (12.8), Chicago (10.6), Washington (10.5) and Salt Lake City (9.1).
ESPN's live coverage of the Home Run Derby on Monday night was tied for the network's second highest rated non-NFL show in history. ESPN got a 7.7, 35 percent higher than last year's taped show, which got a 5.7. For ESPN, each ratings point represents 740,000 homes.
ESPN's highest non-NFL rating came in 1985, when the cable network got an 8.0 for Georgetown-St. John's basketball.