Game 4 Win Was Most Viewed Televised Game in Columbus Blue Jackets History

By 1OB Staff on April 18, 2019 at 10:37 am
That sweep feeling.

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are winning big and they have the receipts to prove it.

Tuesday night's Game 4 win to sweep the Tampa Bay Lightning delivered a 9.83 household rating (roughly 90,000 homes in Columbus) for FOX Sports Ohio, crushing the previous record for viewers tuning into a Blue Jackets game.

The 9.83 rating was 19% better than the pervious franchise record, an 8.27 set April 4, 2014 in a game featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins. According to our friends at FOX Sports Ohio, Tuesday night's game peaked at a 13.78 household rating, seeing a 12.46 HH rating over the final hour of game play.

For context, the 9.83 from Game 4 was six times the size of the regular season average rating of 1.61 HH. Even the live postgame show checked in with a burly 5.1 rating.

Top 5 Rated Blue Jackets Games, All Time
HH Rating Date Opponent Notes
9.83 APRIL 16, 2019 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 2019 ECQF, GAME 4
8.27 APRIL 21, 2014 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 2014 ECQF, GAME 3
8.08 APRIL 26, 2014 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 2014 ECQF, GAME 5
8.07 APRIL 14, 2019 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 2019 ECQF, GAME 3
8.02 OCTOBER 7, 2000 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FIRST EVER CBJ GAME, SIMULCAST with WBNS

With two of the top five rated games coming in the last week, expect a few more changes in this table as the Blue Jackets look to make a deep postseason run.

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This season was the third-best ever for FOX Sports Ohio broadcasts during the regular season, and three of the top four seasons have come in the last three years.

AVG HH Season Notes
2.09 2016-17 FRANCHISE RECORD 108 POINTS; 16-GAME WINNING STREAK
1.86 2008-09 FIRST POSTSEASON BERTH IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
1.61 2018-19 THIRD PLAYOFF TRIP IN THREE YEARS
1.59 2017-18 SECOND PLAYOFF BERTH IN A ROW

On the ticket front, Game 3 seats went for an average price of $153, a double digit increase over last year's Game 3 against the Washington Capitals. Game 4's average seat was $168 per ticket, the highest of any game in the series.

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