According to Nielsen, the first four Blue Jackets playoff games on FOX Sports Ohio averaged a 5.64 HH, up +13% to the first four playoff games in 2017. That average is almost three times the national same-four-game telecast average rating (1.89 HH).
Game ratings have consistently increased:
Game 1: 4.82 HH
Game 2: 5.78 HH
Game 3: 5.85 HH
Game 4: 6.09 HH
Past Playoff Numbers
When the Blue Jackets made their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2009, their first-round games averaged a 4.56 HH (over 42,000 HH) on FOX Sports Ohio. The highest rated game of the series vs. the Detroit Red Wings came on April 16 in Game 1, registering a 5.73 rating (over 53,000 HH).
When the Jackets returned to the playoffs in 2014, FOX Sports Ohio once again aired all the games vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. The six-game series averaged a 6.5 HH (over 60,600 HH). Game 3 on April 21 posted an 8.27 HH, making it the highest rated Blue Jackets game on FOX Sports Ohio of all time.
The Jackets’ five playoff games in 2017 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins averaged a 5.28 HH with the highest rating of the series a 6.52 HH on Game 5 on April 20, 2017.