EARLY GOODWILL RATINGS UP 45% FROM '94; ARE SEATS FILLED?
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).