Caps-Penguins earns huge audience
With hype from HBO, hype from the local media, hype from the upcoming Winter Classic and a Thursday night holiday weekend audience, the Caps-Penguins game did well on television. Very well.
Thursday night's telecast on Comcast SportsNet earned an average household rating of about 3.6 in the D.C. market, according to Nielsen data. That translates into about 85,000 homes. And that makes it the third-most watched regular season Caps game in CSN history.
(The top two games came during the blizzard last February, a 4.5 for a home game against the Thrashers and a 5.8 for a road loss in Montreal. Both of those games came amidst the Caps' franchise-record win streak, while people were trapped in their homes.)
During the overtime and shootout against the Penguins on Thursday night, the ratings peaked at a 4.9 in the D.C. market. If you add in the 2.0 in Baltimore during that same quarter-hour, roughly 140,000 households were tuning into Comcast SportsNet's Caps coverage.
Of course, one of the things they saw in that quarter-hour was Marc-André Fleury's absurd thievery of Mike Green, preventing the Caps from making off with a win. See above. I'm convinced HBO will deploy a special leather-destroying lens on Wednesday night that will prove for certain whether the puck was in or not.
Anyhow, for the season, Caps broadcasts on CSN are now averaging a 1.62 rating, according to Nielsen, which is up 35 percent from the ratings through a comparable number of games last season.
(Video via SB Nation DC)
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