Caps TV Ratings Finish on Top
The final regular season game earned a 2.5 rating, the highest on record for a regular season game. Game 4 of the playoffs was the most-watched Caps game of any sort on record. That mark (a 3.3, or 76,000 households) was topped four days later during Game 6, which had a 3.8 rating in the D.C. market.
Last night's audience was nearly 50 percent bigger. During one 15-minute increment that included overtime (9:45-10 pm), the D.C. rating was 8.6, which translates roughly to 198,000 households. It's a lot more people than will watch the Wiz playoff game in this market tomorrow, and it's exponentially larger than the team's anemic early-season television numbers.
Will any of this carry over to next fall? Will D.C. United fans still argue that their club has grown level with the Caps in the local hierarchy? Will Caps fans argue that their team has surpassed the Wiz? Or does everything reset now? I can't tell you how many fans I've spoken with whose explanation was a laugh and a "Washington loves its winners;" I guess we'll see.
I should note that WashingtonPost.com's sports content also enjoyed a massive boost yesterday thanks to the Caps (and Redskins), but I'll let the Comcast SportsyNet bloggers report on that.
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