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July 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game, played in Minneapolis and won by the American League 5-3, pulled in big ratings for Fox on Tuesday, according to overnight numbers from Nielsen Research. The game was watched by 11.3 million viewers, up 9 percent from 2013, Nielsen said, making it the No. 1 show of the night and giving Fox which is experiencing one of its lowest-rated seasons ever, a rare primetime win. The game also pulled a 3.0 rating among the key 18-49 age group, also a ratings high for the night. By contrast, NBC’s America’s Got Talent, the usual Tuesday-night winner, drew 8.4 million viewers and posted a 2.0 rating among the 18-49 set. Ratings for the baseball contest were the best since 2010, when 12.1 million viewers tuned in. Analysts agreed that ratings were boosted by Derek Jeter’s final All-Star appearance. (An average of 12.2 million watched the first four innings while Jeter remained in the game.) The Fox broadcast was strongly criticized by sports columnists and by fans on the social media for failing to mention last month’s death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who made the National League All-Star squad in all but one year from 1984-1999. On Wednesday, the network and MLB, noted that baseball had also lost Ralph Kiner Frank Cashen, Jerry Coleman, Jim Fregosi and Don Zimmer this year "and did not want to slight anyone by singling out one individual." To which numerous fans responded: why not mention them all? And another Facebook fan added: "It doesn’t make sense to say you don’t want to single out any individual, yet you rode Jeter’s jockstrap the entire evening at the expense of all the other players on the field."