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RATINGS FOR LAST WEEKEND'S SPORTING EVENTS

          The following lists ratings from last weekend's
     sporting events.  All times are ET.  The numbers are
     gathered from the networks (THE DAILY): 

EVENT DATE NET TIME RAT/SHR
"NBA on NBC": Bulls-Pacers Game 6
5/29
NBC
9:15-Midnte
13.8/26
USA-Scotland soccer match
5/29
ABC
1:30-4:00pm
1.2/4
PGA Tour: The Memorial
5/30
ABC
4:00-6:00pm
2.6/8
College World Series: USC-LSU
5/30
CBS
1:30-5:00pm
1.5/5
CBS Sports Spectacular: PBA Tour
5/30
CBS
5:00-6:00pm
1.8/5
Fox MLB Saturday: Regional Games
5/30
FOX
1:00-4:00pm
3.1/11
French Open
5/30
NBC
3:00-6:00pm
1.6/5
PGA Tour: The Memorial
5/31
ABC
3:00-6:00pm
3.0/8
Track & Field: Prefontaine Classic
5/31
CBS
4:00-6:00pm
1.8/5
"NHL on Fox": Stars-Red Wings
5/31
FOX
2:00-5:00pm
2.2/6
French Open
5/31
NBC
3:00-6:00pm
1.9/5
"NBA on NBC": Bulls-Pacers Game 7
5/31
NBC
7:30-10:00pm
19.1/33

NOTES: ABC's ratings for The Memorial were up 30% on Saturday and 3% on Sunday, compared to '97....The NHL playoffs on Fox are averaging a 1.8 through Sunday, down 14% from last season....ESPN's NHL playoff numbers are down 23% through Wednesday, from a 1.3 last year to a 1.0 this year. ESPN2's 24 NHL playoff telecasts averaged an 0.5....Through 22 games, NBC's NBA playoff coverage is averaging a 7.7/20, up 4% from last year's 7.4/19....Fox's MLB season debut was up 3% over the '97 opener, and 15% over the '97 average (THE DAILY)....The MLB debut of Yankees P Orlando Hernandez received a 5.4 rating on MSG Network -- MSG's second-highest Yankees rating this year (N.Y. POST, 6/5). NUMBERS FROM CANADA: In Toronto, David Shoalts writes that the NHL playoff ratings "have been a disaster" (GLOBE & MAIL, 6/5)....CTV drew 780,000 viewers for Game Seven of Bulls-Pacers -- the third-highest basketball rating in the net's history, and 570,000 over its '98 playoff average (TORONTO STAR, 6/5)....In Toronto, William Houston reports that Blue Jays ratings are up 19% from last year, averaging 525,000 viewers, up 101,000 from '97 (GLOBE & MAIL, 6/5).
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