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John Wall already a ratings hit in D.C.

Granted, my capacity for amazement is fairly limitless, but I was nevertheless amazed by the ratings for John Wall's Summer League debut on Comcast SportsNet. Summer League is to NBA basketball like Redskins radio transcriptions are to Washington Post three-part series by Dana Priest. They're sort of the same thing, if you squint a little bit, plug up your ears, and hit yourself over the head with a baseball bat 70 or 80 times.

And yet people turned in to watch these pseudo-exhibitions. The five Summer League games on CSN averaged a 0.83 household rating in the D.C. market, equal to nearly 20,000 households, according to Nielsen numbers. It doesn't sound like much, but bear in mind that the Nats last season averaged a 0.60 rating on MASN and MASN2. Hell, bear in mind that the Wizards averaged a 0.79 rating on CSN in 2008-2009, and a 1.16 last season. So yes, John Wall's Summer Leaguers outdrew the actual NBA Washington Wizards from two seasons ago, and the actual Washington Nationals from last year.

Sure, those teams were terrible and those seasons felt endless, but the fact remains that the 2010 Wizards Summer Leaguers attracted more TV viewers on average than the 2009 Nats or the 2009 Wizards.

(As of mid-May of this season, the Nats were averaging a 1.0 household rating.)

Wall's debut, Sunday against Golden State, earned a 1.05 rating. His third game, Thursday night against Dallas, earned a 1.22. By way of comparison, before Stephen Straburg arrived, a 1.8 rating was the best the Nats had earned locally since 2007.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 20, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
Categories:  Caps , Nats , Wizards  
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who is john wall? I was just watching because i heard about some kid from harvard.

Posted by: cavalierjake | July 20, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I caught partial segments of 3 games last week and for two reasons:

1. John Wall in a Wizards uni
2. absolutely NOTHING else on TV for a sports fan

I would've watched the Caps development camp if it was televised.

Posted by: MillBurray | July 20, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Watched all 5 games and was annoyed we blew such a big lead in the final game.

Posted by: Barno1 | July 20, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Ooooh summer league ratings. Great! Maybe the Wiz can hang a banner.

The Wall hype is ridiculous. The Wizards still need a ton of work. They aren't going to come close to making the playoffs....again. Especially in that division.

The yawnfest goes on with Washington DC basketball. But hey, summer TV ratings were high. Snort.

Posted by: jollyroger2 | July 20, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I was just watching because i heard about some kid from harvard.

Posted by: cavalierjake | July 20, 2010 10:55 AM | Report
Do you mean Jeremy Lin the undrafted point guard who played on the Dallas summer league team?

Posted by: rickgonz | July 20, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

He will bring it the ratings but they will fade when the team keeps losing due to no help from around Wall

Fans are not interested in watching losers

Posted by: Bious | July 20, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Huh? Wizards? It's BASEBALL season.

Posted by: dand187 | July 20, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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