This isn't news, per se, but it's still pretty mind-blowing.
Thursday night's preseason game between the Redskins and the Buffalo Bills -- the first preseason game of 2012, and one that was a deadly dull affair after Washington's touchdown -- earned the highest ratings in the history of CSN Washington, which dates to April 4, 2001, when the network changed its name from Home Team Sports (HTS).
From CSN's press release:
Comcast SportsNet's coverage, which featured the debut of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, posted a peak household rating of 10.75 in the Washington market during the game's first quarter, which equates to approximately 254,000 households and 402,000 viewers. Combined with the Baltimore television market, approximately 470,000 Washington/Baltimore-area viewers watched Comcast SportsNet during the first quarter.
Yeah, that beats everything. As the statement goes on to point out, the average household rating of 9.15 beats out Game 7 of the Capitals/Montreal series in 2010, which held the previous high in average viewership with 8.10.
This just in, people really, really love football. More as events develop.