Opening Night drew big TV audiences

CINCINNATI — A big splash was made over the grand opening of Marlins Park, and a large television audience tuned in on Wednesday night.

The Marlins-Cardinals game registered a 5.4 rating in Miami, the highest rating ever on record for a regular sesaon game on ESPN in Miami.

The Cardinals claimed a 4-1 win, and in St. Louis, the game attracted a 15.9 mark, the highest figure in any market for an Opening Night telecast on ESPN or ESPN2 in the past five years.

Nationally, the Marlins-Cards drew a 1.8 overnight rating, which was even with last year’s Opening Night game between the Dodgers and Giants on ESPN.

Now rebranded in their new ballpark, the Marlins are hopeful of gaining more national interest and telecasts.

MLB tends to accommodate teams moving into new ballparks by giving their debuts national exposure. A few years ago, Washington’s opener at Nationals Park was also nationally televised.

Joe Frisaro

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