Bear MarketPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Aside from the fact that the Bears actually lost consecutive games on home ice, one of the more astonishing aspects of Hershey’s just-completed run to its second straight Calder Cup championship revolves around the television ratings the Bears garnered for the final four games of the six-game series. Here in the District of Columbia, Comcast SportsNet reports that 7,000 households tuned in to watch Monday night’s Game 6 in Hershey, the lone home game of the four Calder Cup final series contests that were aired on Comcast. That figure --which also approximates the average number of viewers for the four televised games -- does not take into account any viewers in suburban D.C., Baltimore, the greater area at large or anywhere in Pennsylvania. It’s also worth remembering that the game was shown on local Harrisburg air (ABC-27) in the Hershey area and had a wider, continental audience on The NHL Network. Don’t forget either, that a record crowd of 11,002 shoe-horned into the Giant Center to watch the game live. Finally, our page views here on washingtoncaps.com for the road games in Texas last week rivaled those we earned for our coverage of regular season Capitals games. Having the Stanley Cup final finished and done probably didn’t hurt, but it’s still clear to see there was a great deal of interest in the Hershey Bears’ Calder Cup run here in the District.
For one night in September, the Grand Ole Opry will have some competition. The Washington Capitals will play a pair of preseason games against the Nashville Predators this fall, paying a Saturday night visit to Music City on Sept. 25. Face-off for that game in Nashville will be at 8 p.m. Eastern