More viewers tuned in to watch Tom Glavine win his 300th game than those that tuned in to watch Barry Bonds hit home run #755.
Bonds’ ESPN2 game on Saturday night drew over a million viewers, but drew less compared to the regularly scheduled “Sunday Night Baseball” on ESPN for Glavine. As reported by the AP:
The Giants' loss to the Padres in San Diego, during which Bonds hit his 755th homer to equal Hank Aaron, drew a 1.1 national rating, which translates into 1,007,000 household.
The Mets' victory over the Chicago Cubs in which Glavine won No. 300 drew a 3.0 rating, which translates into 2,885,000 households. The only higher-rated Sunday night games this year involved the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
As noted, the Bonds’ game on ESPN2 had a 10PM ET start, and which impacts viewership.
The six ESPN2 telecasts of Bonds' attempt to tie the record averaged a 0.8 rating and 744,000 households.
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