Local (DC) TV Ratings for Flyers/Caps Game 7

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April 23rd, 2008

Though not the fairy-tale ending for the Washington Capitals I dreamed of, last night's ratings in the local DC market were pretty phenomenal and smashed more records.  These numbers are for the local Comscast Sports Network airing.  If I get a hold of the national numbers on Versus, I'll post them.

The game seven matchup that the Philadelphia Flyers won in overtime drew a 5.6 household rating in DC, and 3.6 rating in Baltimore.  The peak numbers (9:45p-to 10:00p EDT) were an very impressive 8.6 in DC and a 5.1 in Baltimore.

The airing also averaged a 6.0 rating in DC among men 18-49.

Game 7s are indeed the best thing in all of sports!

Those are really great numbers for a city not considered by many as a hockey town.  Is it as good as Detroit (Hockeytown USA!)?  No.   And it's nothing like the Redskins either.  But there were three positive trends for the Capitals this year:

  1. Quality of play was up
  2. Attendance was up
  3. TV viewing was up.

Go Caps! :D

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