Last night’s Caps-Flyers’ game was the most-watched hockey game of the season on the league’s American cable broadcast partner: 348,000 households. The actual number of viewers is higher, and that data is expected to arrive at some point on Thursday.
Now consider this: the second-best ratings draw for Versus’ hockey broadcasts this season was the Caps’ opening night visit to Boston. Another Caps’ appearance on Versus — in Philadelphia — the following week, on October 6, stands as the fourth-best draw of the season on Versus to date. Sensing a pattern here, one that perhaps ought to be shared with the Sports Department execs at NBC? Three out of the top four draws for Versus in 2009-10 have involved your Washington Capitals.
Greg Wysyhnski wryly and rightly reminds that the Caps were excluded from the 2010 Winter Classic out of a perception of being a comparatively ‘weak’ draw. At Versus, that view we suspect isn’t shared.