The first-place Orioles' rating of 7.16 is up 27 percent compared with this point last season and trails only those for the Kansas City Royals (12.23) and St. Louis Cardinals (8.05).The Oakland Athletics (0.75) are the only team in baseball with a sub-1.0 rating.
A New York Supreme Court justice ruled Monday that the Orioles-controlled Mid-Atlantic Sports Network won't have to return next month to a Major League Baseball arbitration panel to have its long-running television rights fee dispute with the Washington Nationals decided.
A ratings point itself represents 1 percent of all households with the team's local sports network. In Baltimore, by comparison, the race portion of May's Preakness drew a 19.7 local rating.
The Orioles drew a 5.35 average household rating on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network last season, according to SportsBusiness Journal, which was unchanged from 2014 late-season data. The figure ranked fifth in baseball.