At least the final round of the Masters was back in crystal clear glorious HD. I'm not sure what CBS' problem was on Saturday, but whatever it was it was rectified by Sunday. It's one of the few events I recall where the difference between HD and not having it significantly impacted my viewing enjoyment. According to engadgetHD, I was not alone in my standard definition coverage for Saturday's round.
While I don't think this year's Masters final round will be a ratings bonanza for CBS or in record viewer territory despite a lurking Tiger, MultiChannel News reports Friday's second round coverage was the highest rated round of golf on cable television ever. I don't think CBS will experience similar results on the broadcast side as Tiger Woods couldn't quite ever put it together to make a charge and finished second. South African Trevor Immelman became the second South African to win a green jacket, joining his idol, Gary Player. At one point in the broadcast CBS showed a picture of Player holding up a 5 year old Immelman. Notably, Immelman's victory came on the 30th anniversary of Player's last Masters' victory.
As for my pal Ted, the Washington Capitals were down two goals early and never recovered, with the Philadelphia Flyers winning the game 2-0 and tying the series at one game each. The game was also in HD and though I think NHL Hockey is one sporting event that you must actually be in the arena to truly appreciate, the HD was stunning. Also, more than other sports broadcast in HD, the surround sound does make a big difference and gives you at least the feel of being in the arena.
Ted won't let it get to him - I mean even Tiger Woods does not win them all! Moreover, the Caps have not had a simple road for anything this season. It came down to the final game of the season, where if they had lost they would've been eliminated from the playoffs. In the dream scenario, the Caps win the Stanley Cup having played 7 games in every round of the playoffs. That's best by just about every metric, save perhaps the Caps fans' nerves.
While I'm sure Ted would happily enjoy sweeping through every round in four games, the loss ensures at least one more game in the Verizon Center for Ted and the fans. It's not a tragic outcome, and I'll get to watch that game 5 in HD on Saturday as NBC will be broadcasting it nationally.
We'll track down the Nielsen ratings for Sunday's NHL game and the Masters and post them when we do.
(image via http://www.masters.org)