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:
- Quality of play was up
- Attendance was up
- TV viewing was up.