The game between Boston and Baltimore drew a 1.9 national
rating, up 36 percent from the network's previous opener in 2002.
The ratings did not include the Boston and Providence markets,
which carried the game on local TV. Still, nearly 2.2 million
people tuned in for baseball's first game of the year played in the
United States, five days after the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays opened
the 2004 season in Japan.
The Orioles' 7-2 win drew a 1.8 rating among men aged 18-34, the
highest for that demographic of any regular-season major league
telecast on the network.