The Columbus Blue Jackets' 2-0 shoutout of the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Qualifying Series was, no surprise, the highest-rated game of the season for FOX Sports Ohio.
The game posted a 3.89 household rating in Columbus, topping the previous high of a 3.69 in a January 16 game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The 3.89 is up 74% over the 2019-2020 season average of 2.23 HH, which was the highest running average for a Blue Jackets regular season in club history prior to the stop in play.
The number is up 12% over Game 1 of the Jackets' sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning (3.47 HH) in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.
The Blue Jackets are back in action Tuesday for Game 2 of their series with the Maple Leafs. The puck drops at 4 p.m. on FOX Sports Ohio in Columbus, Zanesville, and metro Cleveland. Action will also air on FOX Sports GO and alternate FOX Sports Ohio channels in other markets.