CSN Mid-Atlantic Nets Top Audience With Capitals-Penguins


The Washington Capitals finally got a chance to exact some revenge on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night and their fans turned out in record numbers for Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.
The regional sports network netted a 3.3 household rating and a 6.5 rating against men 25 to 54, record regular-season marks for the service with the hockey team. The rivalry attracted an average of 88,000 combined households in the Washington (76,000) and Baltimore (12,000) DMAs, according to Nielsen data. During the third period, the game earned peak ratings of 4.2 in Washington and 1.5 in Baltimore, which equates to 113,000 combined households said CSN officials.
Washington rode the strength of a pair of goals by Alex Ovechkin in the 6-3 in the clubs' first match-up since Sid "The Kid" and the Penguins beat the Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal playoffs last May. Pittsburgh went on to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup by unseating the defending champion Detroit Red Wings last June in a finals rematch.
The Jan. 21 telecast skated past the previous single-game high for a Capitals regular-season game on Comcast SportsNet, set on April 5, 2008 against the Florida Panthers by 32% in households and 117% in the aforementioned demo. Moreover the game scored a 5.9 mark among men 18 to 49, 64% more than the Capitals-Panthers game two years ago.
The game played even bigger in Pittsburgh, where it registered a 10.85 average rating, translating into 124,000 households in the Pittsburgh DMA. The contest was FSN Pittsburgh's highest-rated game with the Penguins in 2010, and second best this season behind the 10.95 mark for the Dec. 17, 2009 match against the Philadelphia Flyers.
It stands as the third-highest regular-season game in the RSN's history: the Penguins game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 27, 2000 notched a 15.9, according to network officials.
Out West, another Comcast SportsNet service scored its Nielsen best ever regular-season hockey telecast on Jan. 21, when the San Jose Sharks' 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks averaged a 2.1 household rating in the San Francisco and Sacramento DMAs. CSN California counted some 63,000 combined households, peaking with a 2.6 rating and 77,000 households, according to network officials.