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Nearly 1 million tune in to watch Derek Jeter's speech

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/15/2017
Former New York Yankee Derek Jeter waves to fans while standing with his wife Hannah Jeter during a ceremony to retire his number at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Elsa Garrison, Pool) © The Associated Press Former New York Yankee Derek Jeter waves to fans while standing with his wife Hannah Jeter during a ceremony to retire his number at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Elsa Garrison, Pool)

NEW YORK (AP) — The captain drew higher television ratings than his former Boss.

Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and his wife Hannah Jeter stand beside his Monument Psrtk plaque during an on-field, pregame ceremony retiring Jeter's number 2 at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, Pool) © The Associated Press Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and his wife Hannah Jeter stand beside his Monument Psrtk plaque during an on-field, pregame ceremony retiring Jeter's number 2 at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, Pool)

The Yankees' ceremony to retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 jersey and dedicate his plaque in Monument Park was the most-viewed program in the New York area during its time period on Sunday night and was the most-watched non-game in the history of the YES Network, which launched in 2002.

YES's coverage from 6-7:30 p.m. averaged 724,000 viewers, the network said Monday, with 952,000 tuning in from 7:15-7:30 p.m., when Jeter gave his speech to the Yankee Stadium crowd. YES said it was the most-viewed network in New York's designated market area for each quarter hour from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The previous high for a non-game on YES viewers was 651,000 for the dedication of George Steinbrenner's plaque in Monument Park on Sept. 20, 2010.

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