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Wiz vs. Caps on TV

Still winning, but just barely.

D.C. Sports are obviously one big happy family, as evidenced by the following logic ladder: Clyde Simms goes to Caps games, from where Alex Ovechkin goes to Wizards games, from where Roger Mason goes to Redskins games, from where Jason Campbell goes to Georgetown games, from where Patrick Ewing Jr. sure as hell doesn't go to D.C. United games.

But anyhow, you might be wondering how the Wizards and Caps fared in regular season 2007-'08 games on Comcast SportsyNet, the only network that gives you every single bit of applicable local sports news morning eve and night, plus Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier kissing.

The answer: Caps ratings went on a spike as the team began winning. From Bruce Boudreau's permanent hiring until the end of the regular season, ratings in the D.C. market jumped 166 percent over the previous year. In that span, the average rating went from a 0.3 in 2006-07 (approximately 7,000 households) to a 0.8 in 2007-08 (approximately 19,000 households). For the entire regular season, Capitals ratings increased 75 percent.

Wizards ratings averaged a 0.9 rating in the D.C. market, which equates to about 21,000 households. So the Wizards still finished comfortably ahead of the Caps in regular-season ratings, but their regular-season ratings did not increase over the 2006-'07 figures.

Having seen what happens to the traffic on our blogs when teams win or lose, I'll go ahead and speculate that if the Caps start off next year the way they finished this year, and if the Wizards again meander along on a 44-win pace, 2008-'09 could be the year local hockey ratings pass local basketball ratings.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 7, 2008; 10:14 AM ET
Categories:  Caps , Media , Wizards  
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