Richmond loves the Redskins, and ESPN has offered more proof.
Last night’s game between the Redskins and Eagles earned a 27.5 overnight rating in Richmond, meaning about one in every four TV viewers locally was tuned to the game.
That number is even more impressive because the game was not on over-the-air TV, just cable, which traditionally draws lower ratings, even for big sporting events. When the final ratings arrive, it will be the highest-rated cable program of the year in Richmond.
Washington (38.8) and Philadelphia (35.1) had bigger ratings, but NFL rules allowed the game to be shown over-the-air in those markets, boosting the rating.
An ESPN spokesman said that Richmond’s rating was the highest of any market nationally where the game was shown exclusively on cable.