Caps Game 1 Ratings Up 43 Percent
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.
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