Morning Pixels: Caps set D.C. opening night ratings record

January 22, 2013

If anyone suggested that the Caps’ fairly prominent spot in the D.C. sports landscape would be damaged by the lengthy NHL lockout, the early returns would seem to disagree.

In addition to the healthy crowds at practices in Arlington and D.C., the team’s season-opening loss in Tampa earned a 2.30 rating in the D.C. market, equal to about 54,000 homes. That made it the most-watched program in the area on Saturday night, and the most-watched Caps opener in Comcast SportsNet history. The ratings number was 77 percent higher than last year’s season opener,

And sure, the rating was likely boosted by it being a January game instead of an October game, with very little televised sports competition. And yes, last year’s opener, while also on a Saturday night, was at home.

Regardless, the Caps emerged from their messy labor situation with a fanbase that doesn’t seem inclined to ignore the franchise or the sport.

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER

* Uh, the Wizards are now 2-2 on their West Coast road trip that I figured would be a disaster. This time, Jordan Crawford hit a last-second game-winner.

* The Caps’ first line was meh in Tampa, which is not a great recipe for team success.

* Georgetown routed a ranked Notre Dame team on the road.

* Gallery Place bar owners say the lockout had a “devastating impact” on their business.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Trevor Ariza on Crawford’s game-winner, via Michael Lee:

“I knew it was good. Because that’s the shot he shoots all the time. When it left his hand it just looked good.”

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

The Caps host Winnipeg at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. Maryland hosts Boston College at 9 on ESPNU. All TV/Radio listings are here.

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT I


Huffington Post White House correspondent Sam Stein with an image that shows what Washington is all about in 2013.

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT II


Caps winger Matt Hendricks captured the massive enthusiasm two of his teammates were feeling on Monday. “Alzner and Schultz have had enough of this broken down metro train! Inauguration here we come!” reads the caption.

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