Penguins vs. Caps Draws Big Ratings in DC on Super Bowl Sunday
Still waiting for the national viewer totals, but Sunday’s NHL contest on NBC featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. the Washington Capitals (and Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin) tied a season high rating for NBC (excluding the outdoor game at Feneway Park on New Year’s day) for an NHL game.
I know those numbers don’t sound like much but our friend Ted Leonsis is doing his part in turning Washington, D.C. into a hockey town. The local ratings in D.C. for Sunday’s game were much higher, drawing a a 5.3 local rating in the DC market. How impressive is that for a regular season game? Consider that:
it’s the same rating NBC drew for Game 1 of the Pens-Caps in second-round playoff series a year ago. And it’s massively higher than the D.C. rating NBC got for the Caps’ only regular season network appearance a year ago, a 1.9 for another meeting with Pittsburgh.