For the first time since SNY launched in 2006, the Mets have drawn more viewers than the Yankees at the All-Star break. Despite playing just a half-game better than they were at this point last season, the Mets have drawn nearly 80,000 more viewers per game. They’ve drawn an average of 278,078 viewers on SNY, 27 percent more than the 219,205 who tuned in for Yankees games on YES.
The sharp turn can be probably attributed in part to the Mets’ rise and litany of youthful stars. But they also owe some of their lead to corporate disputes. The YES Network hasn’t been available on Comcast all season because a dispute between the companies over subscription rates.
Yet the ratings flip seems part of a broader change in standing between the Mets and their cross-town rivals. MLBshop.com recently released a list of the twenty best-selling jerseys for the first half of the season. That list included Noah Syndergaard, David Wright, and Yoenis Cespedes, but it didn’t include any Yankees players.