Yanks take ratings cake locally and nationally as Senators bet on cheese

Rethinking Santana and Sabathia, again
Yanks met with Chapman during Game Six

Around America, Sunday night is generally reserved for football. So it was with a little trepidation that FOX aired Game 6 of the ALCS up against a popular New York Giants/Arizona Cardinals game. Although were a disappointment in New Jersey, the ALCS was not. Nationally, the game drew in an 11.4 rating with a 18 share while the NFL contest drew a 10.4 in a 16 share. In New York, nearly 40 percent of all TVs in use on Sunday night were tuned to the Yankee game. That’s popularity, and you can bet that ESPN is awfully happy not to have to air Monday Night Football against a Game 7 tonight.

Meanwhile, in other World Series-related news, New York’s Senate representatives have bet with Pennsylvania’s Senators over the outcome of the World Series. At stake is, as David M. Herszenhorn reports, some cheese. If the Yankees win the Series, Bob Casey and Arlen Specter will send some Philly cheesesteaks New York’s way, and if the Phillies win, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will ship some New York cheesecake to Philadelphia. Here’s to some cheesesteaks for the Senators from the great state of New York.

Rethinking Santana and Sabathia, again
Yanks met with Chapman during Game Six
  • Tom Zig

    Does this mean the Yankees aren’t bad for baseball?

  • TheZack

    Yeah, especially with a Phillies-Washington matchup, you’d have to think a game 7 with CC vs Lackey woulda easily beat that.

    • TheZack

      Der, rather, an Eagles-Washington matchup

    • A.D.

      I would certainly hope so.

  • Joltin’ Joe

    Watch, before the end of the series, Specter will have left the confines of Philly Phandom and started rooting for the Yankees, assuming they have a lead in the series of course.

    • tim randle

      ietcvm :)

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside


  • CapitalT

    At least there is a bright spot if NY loses. Schumer and Gillibrand get nothing.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Not to get into politics, but out of curiosity, do you like Casey and Specter better than Schumer and Gillibrand for some personal or public policy reason (which you totally don’t need to outline here), or do you just hate all politicians/elected officials and the schadenfreude in you wants to see them not get what they want, and you choose the NY pols not getting what they want over the PA pols not getting it because the PA pols are out of sight/out of mind?

      Just curiously wondering how your mental process ended up at the “Schumer and Gillibrand not getting a ceremonial cheesesteak from Casey and Specter is a good thing” idea.

      • MARIS 61

        I have a schadenfreude in me?
        Should I be afraid?

      • tim randle

        haha awesome question!

        do you these two specifically or all a$$hats in general?

        being a non-local, are there any other pols that regularly show up at The Stadium(tm)?

  • Mike HC

    I see what you are saying, but a game six ALCS Playoff game at Yankee stadium should kill a regular season football game. They barely eeked it out. It just goes to show how much Americans love football. The fact that they even came that close is a strength. I do agree that the football networks don’t want anything taking viewers away, but that has nothing to do with the relative popularity of the sports.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten


    The senator’s name is KIRsten, not KRIsten. It’s a personal issue.

  • Whitey14

    If Schumer gets a cheesesteak, I hope it burns out his ignorant tongue….

  • tony

    40% of NY TV’s – WOW

  • Opus

    Makes me think of that SNL sketch from ’99 where someone playing Giuliani laughed at the Atlanta mayor’s wager of Georgia peaches (absurd because he knew they couldn’t beat THE NEW YORK YANKEES) and proposed a real bet where he’d send the most disgusting NYC hookers to Atlanta instead.