LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:
Baseball is all about numbers. Is your team doing well? Check the math. Are they playing above 500? Is a batter hitting above 300? Well, here's a number, 9,000. Sounds good, is bad. Nine thousand is the number of households recorded by Nielsen Media Research that tune in to the Washington Nationals on average. The next lowest rating is for the Kansas City Royals which has three times that many viewers.
Even Commissioner Bud Selig said, I'm a little startled, I'll dig into it. Dig away, Bud. But know that those 9,000 households are in good company. There were 9,000 new freshmen transferring graduate students at UC Berkley last year. Dow Corning employs 9,000 people, and Essex Junction, Vermont, hasn't broken 9,000 yet. They have 8,900 residents, just happy to be part of Red Sox nation.
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