Monday, September 25, 2006

Cap - Wiz about to hit local TV


WASHINGTON - Can’t get enough of No. 8? No worries. All 82 regular season games featuring Alex Ovechkin, recently dubbed the NHL’s best player by The Sporting News, and the Capitals can be seen on local TV this season.

What about Agent Zero? Gilbert Arenas and the Wizards will clock in with at least 79 games and that number is likely to jump to 81 once the NBA’s national schedule is finalized.

The Caps ...

Comcast SportsNet will broadcast 56 games; CW50 (formerly WB50) will carry 13 and NewsChannel 8 will air 10. Every Capitals home game on CSN will be available in HD. Three Capitals games will be broadcast on national television by NBC and OLN (which will change its name to Versus on Monday).

The Caps have one of the NHL’s best broadcast teams in Joe Beninati and former Capital Craig Laughlin in the booth with Al Koken reporting from rinkside.

Koken joins former Capital Joe Reekie for “Caps Post Game Live” following games on CSN.

The Wiz ...

CSN will broadcast 54 games with at least 38 in HD; CW 50 will carry 15 and CN8, along with Newschannel 8, will air 10. Some area cable outlets carry Newschannel 8 and not CN8 so Wizards fans are covered.

Hoops fans will be happy to hear the talented and popular team of Emmy-Award winning Steve Buckhantz as play-by-play commentator and former Bullets great Phil Chenier as color analyst returns. It’s Buck’s 10th season calling Wizards games and Chenier’s 22nd.

Redskins maintain ratings dominance

The Redskins-Cowboys primetime meeting last Sunday on NBC 4 drew a monstrous 30.4 rating and a whopping 49 percent share. So in prime time, nearly half the people watching television in Washington were tuned to the Redskins game. It was far and away the most watched local show for the second straight week.

Not surprisingly, all Redskins related programming — radio and TV — is enjoying strong ratings.

On the national level, the Redskins-Cowboys game finished second in the weekly ratings to ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

I blame Emmitt Smith.

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer.

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