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.
|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.
|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.