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Wizards preseason ratings soar

Consider this blog an empty vessel to be filled with incessant ratings information from local sports broadcasts.

Here's the latest: the John Wall-led Wizards on Comcast SportsNet went boffo on Tuesday night, earning a 1.80 average rating in the D.C. market, equal to about 43,000 households. That's up more than 200 percent from last season's preseason Wiz debut, and up 55 percent from last year's regular season average.

It's also higher than the just-released 2010 average for the Nats on MASN and MASN2, and higher than last season's Caps average on CSN and CSN+.

Including the Baltimore market, the game attracted roughly 56,000 combined households, according to Nielsen numbers.

And no, we haven't yet reached the state in life where I'll be reporting the overnight ratings numbers for every game involving every D.C. team, including the Washington Kastles. That stage comes next year.

By Dan Steinberg  | October 6, 2010; 3:33 PM ET
Categories:  Media, Wizards  
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Comparing this year's Wizards preseason games to last year's Caps regular season games revives the whole discussion of not being able to find the games in some cases.

Why not compare them to this year's Caps regular season games (oh that's right, those weren't on TV anywhere. Thanks CSN!).

Posted by: Section117 | October 6, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Or preseason games, since I can't word things right-like.

Posted by: Section117 | October 6, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how the Wizard's preseason ratings compare to the Caps preaseason ra-...oh, wait a minute...the Caps preseason games WEREN'T ON TV!!!! Thanks, again, Comcast!

Posted by: vt901 | October 6, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Nice ratings for a preseason game. But a key point here: There was no other live sporting event on DC area TV last night, unless you count a college football game between Troy and somebody. Starting tonight, you'll have postseason baseball on almost every night for a month, then in November there will be college basketball on every night until March, college football games featuring teams from major conferences on many Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through the end of November, plus national NBA games on TNT and ESPN, national NHL games (OK, not huge ratings for those) and the Caps and Wizards sometimes even playing on the same night. So just like back in August, when the Orioles did better than the Nats in the ratings one week because the Nats were playing on the West Coast but on average the Nats ratings doubled the Orioles, I would think this will probably be a circumstantial aberration (at least for the preseason) than it is the rule and the ratings won't be as high over the full season. Maybe I'm wrong, though. I guess we'll see.

Posted by: TheFingerman | October 6, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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