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Caps Game 1 Ratings Up 43 Percent

People seem to be interested in the Caps. (By John McDonnell - TWP)

Not a ton of good vibes coming out of the Caps' 4-3 loss to the Rangers in Game 1, but if you're looking for a reason to smile, you could check out the TV ratings. I did an XM bit yesterday where I told the hosts that the buzz this year feels dramatically different than the already-healthy buzz last year at this time, and the ratings would seem to reinforce that.

Comcast SportsyNet got a 3.3 rating last night (about 76,000 households) in the D.C. market, an increase of more than 43 percent over the rating for Game 1 against Philly last April.

During the peak 15 minutes of the broadcast (9:30-9:45, roughly from the end of the Caps' last power play to the end of the game), the rating was a 4.6, meaning approximately 105,800 households were tuning in. Last year's Game 1 against Philly earned a 2.3 household rating (approximately 53,000 households) in the D.C. market.

(Game 7 of the playoffs last year got a 5.6 average household rating in D.C., meaning 129,000 households, if you're wondering.)

The increase was even more dramatic among men aged 18-49; an increase of 80 percent over Game 1 a year ago--2.5 in '08, and 4.5 last night.

The team drew a 1.1 average rating on CSN for the regular season, the best in network history and an increase of 182 percent over the '06-'07 season.

And, as always, let me note that The Post has a business arrangement with CSN via Washington Post Live, though our checks don't get any bigger if the ratings improve.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 16, 2009; 1:19 PM ET
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Good to hear. Let's hope we can at least squeak out of this round to keep fan momentum. If they lose the first round this year, people will lose a bit of interest even if we are the #1 seed next year.

Good seeing you last night. It's been a while. Great stuff as always.

Posted by: TheRealDuffman | April 16, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I watched, and I don't even know how to spell hockey.

Posted by: kjhealey | April 16, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The Nats game getting rained out obviously helped boost the ratings.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | April 16, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse


You really think the Nats would have otherwise drawn a big enough rating to put a dent in the Cap's PLAYOFF game rating? They barely draw decent ratings as it is.

Mediocre, winless, early season game or a playoff game... something tells me the Caps would have drawn the same numbers either way. Sports fans much rather watch the drama of a playoff game any day over an early season game by a massively underperforming team.

There was a Wizards game last night, too. With your reasoning, the numbers would have been even higher if the Bulle...Wizards weren't playing.

No offense, but I think you are way off on this one.

Posted by: keydet01 | April 16, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse


you are out of your element

Posted by: ovyscaps | April 16, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, PowerBoater is a professional Washington Post comments section antagonist.

Posted by: the_slammer | April 16, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh noes, there's a *REAL* Duffman?

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 17, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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