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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 04/30/2012

Morning pixels: NFL draft ratings in D.C.


Because I can’t stop writing about TV ratings, here’s a brief report from Thursday’s opening night of the NFL draft.

* If you combine the numbers from ESPN and the NFL Network, the draft did an 8.08 in the D.C. television market, equal to about 191,000 D.C.-area households.

* No, this isn’t a competition, everyone can still be friends, it’s common knowledge that the NFL trumps all other sports, etc. etc. etc. Still, worth pointing out that the draft — which included the announcement that the Redskins were taking a player we already knew they were taking — did better (barely) in this market than Game 7 of the Caps-Bruins series on Comcast SportsNet, which earned an 8.01.

* Washington’s draft ratings ranked eighth among metered markets, behind a bunch of midwestern cities (Cleveland, Dayton, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Milwaukee) and Baltimore (which did a 9.34) but ahead of the other three NFC East towns.

* As long as more people in Washington watch the NFL draft than the single most exciting moment of the Caps season (to date), you’re not allowed to send us e-mails complaining that we over-cover the NFL.

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
John Wall, asked if he improved in his second NBA season: “A little better, but not too much.”

Pe’Shon Howard was arrested early Sunday morning and cited for disorderly conduct.

“The situation called for a hero, for the 19-year-old with thick, black streaks under each eye to save the Washington Nationals at the last second.”

TWEET OF THE NIGHT
New Redskins guard Josh LeRibeus is already referencing the Hogs.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Alex Ovechkin, on trying to go 1-on-2 vs. New York’s best defensemen:

“I make a bad decision. Sometimes I make that kinds of decisions and after that I just think, ‘Jesus, why I do that?’ .”

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Nick Young made three three-pointers in a minute and keyed the Clippers comeback from 5,000 points down to shock the Grizzlies. Yeah, that Nick Young.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

RGIII on Saturday at FedEx Field. (AP Photo)

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Orioles are in New York at 7 on MASN. There’s a D.C. United-Houston replay on Comcast SportsNet at 7. Plus, a hockey game on NBC Sports Net at 7:30. All TV/Radio listings are here.

OTHER STUFF
Andray Blatche weighed more than 280 pounds last season.

Davey Johnson and Peter Angelos talk about burying the hatchet.

“Caps fans are the most upscale in terms of education and income of the four major professional teams in the Washington area.”

Screengrabs of Bryce Harper’s incredible catch on Sunday.

Here’s a “Threesus is My Homeboy” RGIII shirt.

NAKED STUFF
“Naked Man Startles Commuters on the George Washington Parkway.”

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Categories:  Caps, Redskins, Nats, Wizards | Tags:  Josh LeRibeus, Comcast SportsNet, Bryce Harper, John Wall, Alex Ovechkin

 
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