Another Local Ratings Record for NHL's Washington Capitals

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April 22nd, 2008

Alexander Ovechkin Scores as Local Ratings Soar

I moved out of DC in February 1995, and haven't been there since 2002. This is the first time I remember being homesick since I moved away. I'm so happy for my favorite Internet mogul, Ted Leonsis. His Washington Capitals, on the brink of elimination down 3 games to 1 have rallied back to force the best thing in all of sports: a game seven! Tonight! At home! Wish I could be there to "Rock the Red".

Alex Ovechkin who'd been held without a goal for like four games regained his "Alexander the Great" status as the Capitals down two goals scored four unanswered goals to win the game 4-2. The game rated extremely well with men, with a 4.5/12 (rating/share) with men 18-49 years old and a 4.2/10 with men 25-54. Overall, it pulled in a 2.6/7 in the 18-49 demo. Which for an NHL game in Washington, DC is a big deal and the best demographic performances ever for a Capitals game.
Last night's game in Philadelphia had an overall rating of 3.8 in the DC market, also a record.

And OK, so DC is not exactly Hockeytown USA like Detroit is (or Minneapolis, for that matter - they get amazing local ratings there too), but record ratings are record ratings and you have to like the trend.

Tonight marks the first game seven the Capitals have hosted since 1992. Good luck and go Caps!

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