The Sunday afternoon matinee between the Capitals and the New York Rangers ended up being a huge deal for NBC.
According to NBC Sports PR, Sunday’s Capitals-Rangers game averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 1.336 million viewers. This means that the game ranked as NBC’s most-watched NHL Regular Season game in over a year, excluding outdoor games. (2/18/18, Philadelphia/NY Rangers, 1.360 million viewers)
Sunday’s @Capitals @NYRangers game on NBC averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 1.336 million viewers, ranking as NBC’s most-watched NHL Regular Season game in over a year, excluding outdoor games. (2/18/18, Philadelphia/NY Rangers, 1.360 million viewers)
— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) March 5, 2019
The Caps defeated the Rangers 3-2 in a bizarre shootout. Alex Ovechkin won the game by scoring in the shootout by not technically scoring. Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev threw his stick at Ovi. Referees, after getting a call from Toronto, awarded Ovechkin with a goal.
This isn’t the first time the Capitals have broke a ratings’ record since their Stanley Cup win. After the January match-up between the Capitals and the Bruins, NBC PR announced that the game was the highest-rated NBC Sports Washington Capitals game in nearly six years. It was also the most-streamed Caps game on record. The bandwagon seems to be growing since the Capitals Stanley Cup win.
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