How big a deal was the Portland Timbers' MLS home opener against Chicago. Last Thursday's game telecast by ESPN2 against the Fire drew a 2.8 metered market rating, 14 times the national average of .2.
The .2 rating for the 11 p.m. ET kickoff translates into 183,000 households and 214,000 viewers nationally. The game drew a rating of 0.7 on ESPN Deportes.
The highest MLS television rating of the season was the 0.39 rating -- 604,000 viewers -- for the Seattle-Los Angeles season opener on ESPN.