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EARLY GOODWILL RATINGS UP 45% FROM '94; ARE SEATS FILLED?
Published July 22, 1998
TBS's coverage of the Goodwill Games is averaging a 1.6 rating through Monday, up 45% from '94, when the net averaged a 1.1. over the same period (THE DAILY). NEWSDAY'S Steve Zipay notes that "about" 1.2 million households tuned into all or part of the early coverage, compared with 700,000 in '94. Sunday's rating peaked from 10:00 to 10:45pm ET, which included gymnast Dominique Moceanu's gold- medal performance in the all-around (NEWSDAY, 7/22). ON LONG ISLAND: Michael Johnson won the 400-meter race yesterday at Mitchel Athletic Complex in front of 9,756. In Dallas, Cathy Harasta writes that the Games "needed Johnson to star early in the two-week competition, just as the event will need figure skater Michelle Kwan down the stretch. The Games have "played to plenty of empty seats at some events" but organizers expect a sellout of 12,000 Wednesday for the final night of the track and field competition (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 7/22). In N.Y., Brian Lewis notes the trials of U.S. track and field, as despite the "star-studded" field at the Games, track and field events drew "just 14,000 combined on its first two days" (N.Y. POST, 7/22).