More than 1-million households tuned into Saturday night's Giants game on ESPN2 during which Barry Bonds tied Hank Aaron'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 the Mets' Tom Glavine got his 300th victory. But it's significantly more viewers than usual in that time slot.
The Giants game drew a 1.1 national rating (1,007,000 households). It started at 10. The four ESPN2 telecasts last season that were 10 p.m. starts averaged a 0.7 rating and 652,000 households.
The six ESPN2 telecasts of Bonds' attempt to tie the record averaged a 0.8 rating and 744,000 households.
The Mets' victory over the Cubs in which Glavine won No. 300 drew a 3.0 rating (2,885,000 households).
DIAMONDBACKS: OF Eric Byrnes agreed to a $30-million, three-year contract extension through 2010. Byrnes is batting .303 with 17 homers, 64 RBIs, 21 doubles and 28 steals.
BACKMAN OUT: Wally Backman resigned as manager of the South Georgia Peanuts, a South Coast League team, after run-ins with umpires, a press box argument with another team's radio announcer and a forfeited game when his team refused to return to the field after a brawl with rival Macon. Backman helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series and managed the Diamondbacks.