Caps See Surge in TV Ratings in Baltimore/DC

May 12, 2009 | Ed Frankovic

The Washington Capitals are seeing unprecedented interest in the team as the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins has garnered a 5.1 average household TV rating through six games. In addition, the Baltimore market has kept a keen eye on this series with a 2.2 average household rating. Adding D.C. and Baltimore households together, an average of 142,000 homes are watching the Caps – Pens playoff series.

Game 2 and 3 were televised by Versus and obtained a 5.1 and 6.7 rating, respectively. The coveted male 18-49 age category earned an average 7.3 rating for Game 3. Game 1 was broadcast by NBC and received a 5.3 local rating.

Comcast SportsNet, the leader in local sports television, received its highest Washington Capitals rating of the 2008-09 season on Monday, May 11, as Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals earned a 5.3 average household rating in the Washington, D.C., area.

The Baltimore area received a 3.4 rating for the game, as 162,000 households tuned in on Comcast SportsNet for the Washington Capitals victory over the Penguins in Pittsburgh. The broadcast peaked at 238,000 households tuning in between 9:45-10:00 p.m. to see the Capitals win in overtime.

The game received 6.0 average rating and peaked with a 9.1 for the network’s target age group, men 18-49, in Washington, D.C. Approximately 125,000 men in that demographic tuned as the Capitals clinched victory.