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Redskins preseason games earn monster ratings

Since I've obsessively chronicled the television ratings of some of Washington's other local teams in recent years, it's only fair for me to note the press release the Redskins sent out Wednesday morning, touting record ratings through two preseason games. And the numbers are monstrous.

Now, it's sort of tough to compare NFL ratings with anything else. Even with the preseason, NFL teams play just 20 times a year, so there's a pent-up demand for the stuff, even in games that don't count. And unlike the Caps, Nats and Wizards, the Skins are just about always available on broadcast TV instead of (or in addition to) cable. The preseason games, in fact, have aired on three different stations at once.

But still. For meaningless games starring anonymous players shuffling in and out of the lineup to so completely trounce the ratings for all other local teams shows you why we cover the pinkie-finger injuries of third-string Redskins long snappers the way we do. Gotta give the people what they want.

Anyhow, according to the Skins, the two preseason games have averaged a 14.9 rating and a 30 share, meaning an average of about 349,000 households in the D.C. market have tuned in. The Bills game drew a 14.8 rating, according to the Redskins, and the Ravens game last Saturday night scored a 15.1 rating locally.


NBC 4's Dan Hellie broke down the numbers even more via Twitter, writing that for the Ravens game, NBC earned a 10.9 locally, Comcast SportsNet's HD broadcast got a 3.1 rating, and WDCW had a 1.1.

How does that compare to the other local teams? Stephen Strasburg's big-league debut was the most-watched Nats game in MASN or MASN2 history, and it got a 7.1, or less than half the audience for the Bills-Redskins preseason tussle. (I believe the second-most watched Nats game on MASN got a 5.4.)

The most-watched Caps game in CSN history was Game 7 against the Canadiens this year; that earned an 8.1 rating. It was the only Caps game in CSN history to record a rating above a 6.0.

I'm not sure what the most-watched Wizards game in CSN history is, but over the last two years, the Wiz have averaged 1.16 (09-10) and 0.79 (08-09) for their CSN/CSN+ games.

So anyhow, yeah. Redskins rule.

In other Skins television news, the Ravens are trying to massage the local system so more of their games are seen in the D.C. television market. From the Baltimore Sun:

The Ravens and Redskins have separate markets -- meaning that thousands of Ravens fans within an hour's drive of M&T Bank Stadium can't get all of the team's regular-season telecasts on "free" television because they are technically in Redskins territory.

Those Ravens fans are, in effect, stuck behind enemy lines. The Ravens say about 12 percent of their personal seat license holders have residences in the District of Columbia, northern Virginia, Montgomery or Prince Georges Counties -- the domain of the Redskins....

Under the current system, a team's principal market must televise every game except home contests that don't sell out. Teams also have secondary markets that generally show their away games and have the option to show their home games -- but sometimes don't. Washington is a Ravens secondary market, as Baltimore is for the Redskins. The Ravens would like Baltimore-Washington to be a single, unified TV market.

More Ravens-Browns games? Awesome!!!!! I'll be sure to watch.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 25, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
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Comments

First off, I love the Baltimore Sun. Their sports writers will tell anyone who listens that the Skins are not the Ravens' rival, yet they label Ravens fans living in DC's TV market as "living behind enemy lines." Kind of hard to reconcile those two concepts, but its Baltimore, so why even bother trying.

Second, while Baltimore may be a "secondary market" for DC, I can tell you unequivocally that Redskins games DO NOT make the air in the Baltimore market unless you get FOX 5 on your cable/satelllite package (or in case of the pre-season, Comcast). I have lived in the Baltimore TV market for 6 years now, and the only local channel I have ever been able to watch a Skins game on is FOX 5. WBFF 45, the Baltimore FOX affiliate, will air reruns of Seinfeld, Stargate SG-1 and infomercials on Sundays, regardless of whether the Ravens are or aren't playing. If Washington has a CBS-carried game, you can forget watching it at all. Even if the Ravens aren't playing, or if they're playing on FOX for some reason, WJZ 13 (the CBS affiliate) will carry either the Steelers, the Jets (even pre-Rex) or the Patriots.

This wacky anti-DC TV stuff extends to the Terps, as well. I can't get Terps Football on Comcast, even when other parts of the state can. Instead, I get UVA, UNC, VT, or sometimes Villanova or a I-AA school like ODU or W&M. Baltimorons love to expound on how Maryland is a "DC school" and shouldn't get any airplay in the Baltimore market.

Posted by: RCBJr | August 25, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand Steinberg's constant complaints and snide comments about Baltimore sports. Look at a map you jackass. The cities are very, very close. There are thousands of fans of Baltimore sports that live in the DC metro area and listen to DC sports talk radio and yes, read the Post. This is pretty clearly evidenced by the fact that the Orioles have higher TV and radio #s than the Nationals in the DC metro market. 980AM and 106.7 have strong clear signals well into Howard and AA counties, and those areas are dominated by the Ravens/Orioles. Deal with it. I live in Fairfax County and it annoys me to no end that I do not get all of the Ravens games on local tv.

Posted by: jk1492 | August 25, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

First off, I love the Baltimore Sun. Their sports writers will tell anyone who listens that the Skins are not the Ravens' rival, yet they label Ravens fans living in DC's TV market as "living behind enemy lines." Kind of hard to reconcile those two concepts, but its Baltimore, so why even bother trying.

Second, while Baltimore may be a "secondary market" for DC, I can tell you unequivocally that Redskins games DO NOT make the air in the Baltimore market unless you get FOX 5 on your cable/satelllite package (or in case of the pre-season, Comcast). I have lived in the Baltimore TV market for 6 years now, and the only local channel I have ever been able to watch a Skins game on is FOX 5. WBFF 45, the Baltimore FOX affiliate, will air reruns of Seinfeld, Stargate SG-1 and infomercials on Sundays, regardless of whether the Ravens are or aren't playing. If Washington has a CBS-carried game, you can forget watching it at all. Even if the Ravens aren't playing, or if they're playing on FOX for some reason, WJZ 13 (the CBS affiliate) will carry either the Steelers, the Jets (even pre-Rex) or the Patriots.

This wacky anti-DC TV stuff extends to the Terps, as well. I can't get Terps Football on Comcast, even when other parts of the state can. Instead, I get UVA, UNC, VT, or sometimes Villanova or a I-AA school like ODU or W&M. Baltimorons love to expound on how Maryland is a "DC school" and shouldn't get any airplay in the Baltimore market.

Posted by: RCBJr | August 25, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

First off, I love the Baltimore Sun. Their sports writers will tell anyone who listens that the Skins are not the Ravens' rival, yet they label Ravens fans living in DC's TV market as "living behind enemy lines." Kind of hard to reconcile those two concepts, but its Baltimore, so why even bother trying.

Second, while Baltimore may be a "secondary market" for DC, I can tell you unequivocally that Redskins games DO NOT make the air in the Baltimore market unless you get FOX 5 on your cable/satelllite package (or in case of the pre-season, Comcast). I have lived in the Baltimore TV market for 6 years now, and the only local channel I have ever been able to watch a Skins game on is FOX 5. WBFF 45, the Baltimore FOX affiliate, will air reruns of Seinfeld, Stargate SG-1 and infomercials on Sundays, regardless of whether the Ravens are or aren't playing. If Washington has a CBS-carried game, you can forget watching it at all. Even if the Ravens aren't playing, or if they're playing on FOX for some reason, WJZ 13 (the CBS affiliate) will carry either the Steelers, the Jets (even pre-Rex) or the Patriots.

This wacky anti-DC TV stuff extends to the Terps, as well. I can't get Terps Football on Comcast, even when other parts of the state can. Instead, I get UVA, UNC, VT, or sometimes Villanova or a I-AA school like ODU or W&M. Baltimorons love to expound on how Maryland is a "DC school" and shouldn't get any airplay in the Baltimore market.

Posted by: RCBJr | August 25, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Oops. Methinks my browser doth refresh too much.

Posted by: RCBJr | August 25, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

What is this "Baltimore" you speak of?

Posted by: StuScott_Booyahs | August 25, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

@ Stu: "Baltimore" is a quaint name given to an open-air sewer 45 miles north east of our Nation's capital. I know this because, sadly, I work there.

Posted by: RCBJr | August 25, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

First of all, I would advise our poster from Fairfax county who wants to see Ravens games to move to Baltimore. Second, I will note that while the Redskins may get good ratings, no one wants to buy their tickets. I've had two pair of good lower level tickets for the Houston and Tampa games on EBAY at below cost for a week now. No bids..........

Posted by: poguesmahone | August 25, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Attention all Redskin Wideout Fans (these are those fans that do not live in the "CSN broadcast footprint). At one time I had DirecTV and noticed that they had the ComCast SportsNet station which broadcasts Redskin content shows like "Redskin Nation", "Redskin Kick-off", "Redskin Post Game Live", "Beauties on the Beach: Redskins Cheerleader Calendar", "Redskin Nation: Weekend Edition", and it used to have I believe was "Washington Post Live". The last one may start up once the reguarl season starts. 10.99 or $9.99 a month. They also said that I would not be able to get the games due to Sunday NFL Ticket. It would be nice though.

After a jaw jacking back and forth the end result was because I was not in the CSN "footprint" I coull not get the Redskin content shows due to the contract they signed. I asked who but they would not tell me. After thinking about it the contract had to be between CSN and the Washington Pro Football Company or what ever is their official name is.

So I thought that since Danny boy started that "campaign" to get Redskins voted into the Pro Bowl that the fans might start a letter campaign to get CSN/Snyder open up these programs to ALL of Redskin Nation. If no other way just appeal to what is most important to him... money. Either modify the contract (players want to do it all the time) and to those who want channel 642 CSN will pay an additional fee which would be paid to the Redskins.

You can write your own letter or you can cut & past the one I will post shortly. The mailing address to Redskins Park is: Washington Redskins, Redskins Park, 21300 Redskins Park Drive, Ashburn, Virginia 20147

Posted by: rillbizi | August 25, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

First of all, I would advise our poster from Fairfax county who wants to see Ravens games to move to Baltimore.

Posted by: poguesmahone | August 25, 2010 5:49 PM
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What a moronic statement. So, should all fans of any team who live out of market just quit their jobs and move to the market in which their favorite football team plays?

Lay off the crack pal.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 25, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm behind enemy lines in the other direction (Die hard, born and raised Redskin fan in Anne Arundel County). I guess because my cable carries Baltimore and DC stations, I barely even notice the Ravens and never miss any Skins games and I don't care to see any Ravens games.

Posted by: DocHolliday1906 | August 25, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

What is so sad/funny about this situation is that the Bhawlmuher teams NEED access to the D.C. market in order to survive. But the Washington teams don't need the podunk-redneck town one bit.

Posted by: CapsNut | August 25, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

@poopy: no fans of out of market teams should stop whining. Get it?

Posted by: poguesmahone | August 26, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

First of all, I would advise our poster from Fairfax county who wants to see Ravens games to move to Baltimore. Second, I will note that while the Redskins may get good ratings, no one wants to buy their tickets. I've had two pair of good lower level tickets for the Houston and Tampa games on EBAY at below cost for a week now. No bids..........

Posted by: poguesmahone | August 25, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

List the section, row, and price right here. If it's truly below face, I'm interested.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 26, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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