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NHL Playoffs generate big ratings in Pittsburgh, D.C.

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May 12th, 2009

The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins have provided hockey fans with a great series.  I'm rooting for the Caps, because our old friend Ted Leonsis owns them, plus I was born and spent most of the first 30 years of my life in DC.  And game six of the series scored well locally in D.C.:

Down in DC, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic produced a 5.3 local rating for Game 6 of the Capitals-Penguins series, that RSN's best NHL mark of the season. The telecast peaked with 238,000 households tuning in during the 9:45 p.m. quarter hour, when David Steckel won the contest. The game received 6.0 average rating and peaked with a 9.1 against the network's target age group, men 18 to 49, in Washington.

CSN Mid-Atlantic registered a 3.4 rating and 162,000 households on average in the Baltimore market with the game.
According to officials at the RSN, the three conference semifinal games on Comcast SportsNet averaged a 4.4 household rating in Washington, D.C., and a 2.4 household rating in the Baltimore.

A 5.3 local rating for a hockey game on a cable network is very impressive for Washington, DC.  But, on a percentage basis, it's no Pittsburgh:

FSN Pittsburgh, part of Liberty Sports Group, notched a 24.2 rating, the equivalent of 277,800 households in the Pittsburgh DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

The Penguins' 5-4 loss was the most-watched show in Pittsburgh Monday night, beating out such fare as ABC's Dancing with the Stars (11.3) and CBS's CSI:Miami, according to Liberty Sports officials. Game 6 beat the previous mark netted just two days earlier, when FSN Pittsburgh scored a 21.4 local rating for the fifth game of the series on Saturday May 9, a 4-3 OT contest won by the Penguins. Pittsburgh's 5-3 win in the fourth game on May 8 skated to a 19.3 rating, now the fourth highest-rated NHL game on FSN Pittsburgh.

More NHL playoff ratings data at Multichannel News

 
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