Record Local Ratings For Washington Capitals as Winning Streak Ends In Overtime Thriller in Montreal

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The Washington Capitals 14 game winning streak is over, but Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic was still a winner.  The Caps streak-ending overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens was the highest-rated Washington Capitals game locally  in Comcast SportsNet history.  The game’s 5.8 local rating topped even the game 7 playoff  loss in last season’s Stanley Cup Semifinals against the Pittsburgh  Penguins last May.

The game peaked at a 7.0 rating and was the most-watched program locally with men 25-54.

I’ll disclaim that I’m both a fan of the Capitals and of their owner Ted Leonsis.  But 14 wins in a row and the best record in the NHL is a nice run.  May it all lead to a Stanley Cup.  Go Caps!🙂

Here’s the full press release:



Bethesda, Md. (Feb. 11, 2010) – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic delivered the highest-rated Washington Capitals game in network history for their live coverage of the team’s road match against Montreal on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The game earned an average household rating of 5.8 in the Washington market and was viewed by an average combined audience of 148,000 households in Washington and Baltimore. The record household rating broke the network’s previous Capitals high of 5.5, set on May 13, 2009 during the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Pittsburgh (Game 7).

The game earned a peak household rating of 7.0, which equates to more than 163,000 Washington-area households, and was the most-watched television program in the key demographic group of Men 25-54, posting a regular-season Capitals record 7.0 average rating. The game ranked second in the Washington market during the time period among all other key demos, including Men 18-49 (5.9) and Adults 25-54 (4.7).

In addition to the setting a new all-time hockey ratings record, Comcast SportsNet has now delivered the five highest-rated regular-season Capitals games in network history since Jan. 21 of this year. The original regular-season record, a 2.5 mark posted on April 5, 2008 against Florida, has since been surpassed by average household ratings of 5.8 (Feb. 10 at Montreal), 4.4 (Feb. 5 vs. Atlanta), 3.3 (Jan. 21 at Pittsburgh), 3.2 (Feb.2 at Boston) and 2.6 (Feb. 4 at N.Y. Rangers).

Over the 10 games aired on Comcast SportsNet since beginning the record-setting pace on Jan. 21, the Capitals have earned an average household rating of 2.8, representing an average viewership of nearly 65,000 Washington-area households. In that span, the network has averaged a 3.4 rating among Men 25-54, an increase of more than 140 percent over the season average prior to Jan. 21.

After 55 games on Comcast SportsNet this season, the Capitals have recorded an average 1.5 household rating in the Washington market, an increase of 41 percent compared to the same time period last season and a growth of more than 175 percent versus the first 55 games of the 2007-08 season.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic – the official television partner of the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association – delivers more than 500 live sporting events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.6 million homes throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Comcast SportsNet’s digital portfolio, highlighted by, is the region’s leading source for online sports news and information.

Comcast Sports Group operates 10 sports networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and sports news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes.  Comcast Sports Group’s networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. – Mountain West Sports Network, and CSS.  Comcast Sports Group also manages New England Cable News (NECN), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming.  For more information, see

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