The Washington Times - December 3, 2008, 04:00PM

The Washington Capitals have been attracting a lot of eyeballs this season.

New figures from Nielsen show that the Capitals have grown the television audience this year more than any other team in the NHL, and attendance is up by nearly a third.


The Caps rank 9th in the NHL with a local household rating of 1.2. That’s a 140 percent increase over the same period last year, the biggest jump in the league. (A 1.2 rating represents 27,600 households.)

Meanwhile, a Caps spokesman informs me that the average crowd for the first 10 games at Verizon Center was 17,865, giving the team its best start in history, attendance-wise. Attendance was up 29.1 percent over the same period last year. The Caps now rank 14th in the NHL in attendance, after finishing 24th last year and 27th during the 2006-2007 season.

- Tim Lemke