April 28, 2011: Comcast SportsNet Announces Coverage of Capitals-Lightning Playoff Series

April 28, 2011: Comcast SportsNet Announces Coverage of Capitals-Lightning Playoff Series
April 28, 2011, 3:57 pm
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COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCESCOMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF CAPITALS-LIGHTNING EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS NETWORK TO PROVIDE UPTO FOUR LIVE GAMES, PREGAME AND POSTGAME SHOWS AND FULL NEWS, ANALYSIS ANDOPINION ON-AIR AND ONLINE2011 FIRST ROUND RANKEDAS HIGHEST-RATED CAPS PLAYOFF SERIES IN NETWORK HISTORYBethesda, Md. (April 28, 2011) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic hasannounced its comprehensive multiplatform coverage of the Washington Capitals best-of-sevenseries against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Semifinals ofthe 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The networks extensive second-roundcoverage is highlighted by up to four games that will air exclusively onComcast SportsNet throughout the WashingtonBaltimore-area and a comprehensive line-upof pregame and postgame coverage surrounding all seven potential games.Comcast SportsNets schedule of live-game coverage of theCapitals second-round series begins with Game 3 at TampaBay on Tuesday, May 3, (TBD) and continueswith Game 4 at Tampa Bay on Wednesday, May 4,(7 p.m.) If necessary, the network is scheduled to televise Game 6 at Tampa Bay onMay 9 and Game 7 at Verizon Center on May 11. EmmyAward-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati,analyst Craig Laughlin and reporter Al Koken continue to lead the networks live-gamecoverage.The network will also present extensive Capitals programmingsurrounding each second-round contest, led by Capitals Central and CapitalsPostgame Live. Capitals Central willair for a half-hour leading up to all six games on Comcast SportsNet andVersus, beginning on Friday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. Capitals Postgame Live will follow all seven possible second-round games,regardless of which network airs the game. These shows hosted alternately byRuss Thaler and Al Koken will featureanalysis from Alan May and a varietyof special guests.Geico SportsNetCentral, thenetworks daily news show, will continue to offer expanded coverage throughoutthe Eastern Conference Semifinals, featuring in-depth daily reporting from Thalerand television beat reporter Jill Sorenson. On game nights, special PlayoffCentral editions of SportsNet Central, anchoredby Chick Hernandez and Julie Donaldson, will supply full pregame news andinterviews. The show will kick-off thesecond-round live from Verizon Center before Game 1 onFriday, April 29, and Game 2 on Sunday, May 1, at 6 p.m. Coverage will continueon multiple live editions of SportsNetCentral following every game.Washington Post Live with Ivan Carter, the networks daily talk show,will provide a full complement of Capitals-related guests and contentthroughout the second round of the Capitals playoffs. In addition to live dailyshows at 5 p.m., special live late editions of the half-hour program arescheduled to air after weeknight games following Capitals Postgame Live and SportsNetCentral, beginning after Game 1 on Friday, April 29.Comcast SportsNet will continue to provide extensive dailycoverage of the Capitals at CSNwashington.com. Led by a stable of local writersand producers, including Ryan OHalloran, Mark Zuckerman and Ben Raby,CSNwashington.com is the regions leading online source for written, video andinteractive content covering the Capitals. Additionally, CSNwashington.com willcontinue to stream Caps Extra live during the second period of all Capitals playoffgames, offering instant analysis, reaction and opinion from the networkshockey experts as they watch the games. In-Game Live will continue to bringreal-time scores, statistics and updates every game to CSNwashington.com users.The 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the N.Y.Rangers finished as the highest-rated Capitals playoff series in ComcastSportsNet history, posting a three-game average household rating of 5.72 in theWashington DMA, which equates to approximately 135,000 households. The seriesalso posted a 2.57 average household rating in the Baltimore DMA, bringing theseries average audience to approximately 165,000 WashingtonBaltimore-area homes.The opening-round ratings are increases of seven percent and 16 percent,respectively, over the seven-game first-round series against Montreal in 2010, the previous all-time networkrecord.The Capitals 2010-11 regular season was the highest-ratedin Comcast SportsNet history, surpassing the previous all-time mark set last seasonby 12 percent. In 70 games this season, the network earned an average Washington-areahousehold rating of 1.78, which is a 66 percent increase from two seasons ago(2008-09). Combined with the Baltimoremarket which earned an increase of 42 percent in household ratings comparedto last season the Capitals attracted an average audience of 54,000 regional homeson Comcast SportsNet during the 2010-11 regular season. Capitals-Lightning Eastern Conference Semifinals RegionalTelevision Schedule:Gm. Day Date Time Game Television 1 Fri. April 29 7p.m. TampaBay at Washington Versus 2 Sun. May 1 7p.m. TampaBay at Washington Versus 3 Tue. May 3 TBD Washingtonat Tampa Bay ComcastSportsNet 4 Wed. May 4 7p.m. Washingtonat Tampa Bay ComcastSportsNet 5 Sat. May 7 12:30p.m. TampaBay at Washington NBC 6 Mon. May 9 TBD Washingtonat Tampa Bay ComcastSportsNet 7 Wed. May 11 TBD TampaBay at Washington Comcast SportsNet If NecessaryNOTES: Capitals-Lightning Games 3 and 4 and, if necessary, 6 and 7, will air exclusively onComcast SportsNet throughout the WashingtonBaltimore-area. Versus coverage featurestwo exclusive broadcasts (Games 1 and 2), with all remaining games (Games 3, 6and 7) being non-exclusive and subject to local blackout.