Maybe “immensely” popular is misleading. Any MLB Network program that raties higher than “the friends and family of Chris Rose” makes for a banner day. But this is at least a good place to start for the viewer-bereft network.

Consider it “misson accomplished” for MLB and the network – moving all the games to MLBN buoyed the numbers. No word of ratings in Canada, where viewers were to watch on Sportsnet (without the benefit of an online option), but needless to say the Sunday afternoon time slot for the Canada/USA game on the heels of the big brawl was good for business.

Valid as the complaints about the format and timing of the event might be, nobody can resist a good show.