ESPN2’s telecast of the Washington Nationals at the San Francisco Giants in which Barry Bonds hit home run #756 of his career, eclipsing the prior record set by Hank Aaron, drew a dismal 1.1 cable rating, or less than 1 million homes (995,000).
However, more viewers did tune in as the game advanced, with a 1.7 cable rating being generated in the time period that the home run was hit (11:45 p.m.-12:00 a.m. ET, the home run was hit at 11:51 p.m. ET). The 1.7 rating represents 1.6 million homes. The game peaked with a 1.9 rating the following 15 minutes (1.8 million homes).
All marks are well below the April 8, 1974 game which seen Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run. That game drew a 22.3 rating on NBC, or 14.9 million homes.
Sure the television market has changed since then, with many more options available to the television viewing public, but even still, these are incredibly low ratings and another sign that only is the general public disinterested in Bonds breaking the mark, but so are Baseball fans, who would rather watch a game between the Yankees and Red Sox or Tom Glavine reaching career win mark #300, than a game where Baseball’s most cherished record was broken.
Source: Chicago Tribune