NEW YORK (AP) - More than 1 million households tuned into Saturday night's San Francisco Giants' game on ESPN2 during which Barry Bonds tied baseball's home run record.
That's far less than the number who watched the traditionally popular ``Sunday Night Baseball'' broadcast on ESPN the next day, when New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine became the 23rd pitcher to win 300 games. But it's significantly more than would normally be viewing a game in that time slot.
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 households.
Bonds' game started at 10 p.m. EDT. The four ESPN2 telecasts last season that that were 10 p.m. EDT starts averaged a 0.7 rating and 652,000 households.
ESPN2's rating jumped from a 1.0 (902,000 homes) in the 10:15-10:30 p.m. period to 1.5 (1,388,000 homes) in the following 15 minutes. Bonds' homer was hit at 10:29 p.m.
The six ESPN2 telecasts of Bonds' attempt to tie the record averaged a 0.8 rating and 744,000 households.
In the Bay Area, FSN's regional coverage of Saturday's game received a 5.60 rating.
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.

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