Game 7 smashes Caps TV ratings record
With all the crazy numbers coming out of the Montreal series about power-play futility and goal-scoring droughts and blocked shot fiestas, here's the craziest one: Game 7 drew an 8.1 average household rating on Comcast SportsNet in the D.C. market. That made it the highest-rated Caps game in CSN history.
The previous record? February 10 at Montreal, the game in which the Caps were going for 15 straight wins. That game earned a 5.8. That means the Game 7 number eclipsed the previous high by 40 percent.
The previous most-watched playoff game was Game 6, which earned a 5.6 rating. Game 7 topped that by 45 percent. During the game CSN, was the most-watched station in the D.C. market.
The rating number translates to 189,000 households, with another 37,000 households tuning in in the Baltimore market. At the peak, during the third period, there were a combined 297,000 households watching in the D.C. and Baltimore markets.
That also means that six of the 10 highest-rated games in CSN history occurred since the win streak began in January. As much as the interest was growing over the past two years, that 14-game stretch seems to have taken things to a different level. (Nine of the 10 highest rated games in network history have now come against either Montreal or Pittsburgh.)
The Canadiens series averaged a 5.3 rating in the D.C. market, up 13 percent from the ratings for the second-round meeting with the Penguins a year ago. Considering the differences -- an earlier round, against a non-rival with no geographic link to Washington -- that's just remarkable. The ratings were up 77 percent over last year's first-round series against the Rangers.
As always, I should note that The Post has a business relationship with Comcast SportsNet, allowing me to earn money for watching Ivan Carter get pummeled into the boards by Alan May.
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