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There was no hope at NBC last night, with game five of The Stanley Cup Finals (Ottawa vs. Anaheim) at a mere 2.1/ 3 in prime time. Comparably, that was 25 percent below the year-ago overnight series average for The Stanley Cup Finals (2.8/ 4 in 2006).
From William Houston, for Thursday’s Globe & Mail,
The CBC and NBC have different philosophies when it comes to televising hockey and they stood out during the fifth game of the Stanley Cup final.
NBC takes a journalistic approach. There’s plenty of reporting and analysis. They try to get the information to you quickly.
The CBC has a style that isn’t quite as energetic or urgent. At times the telecast seems almost cinematic in the sense that talk is less important than pictures.
Both work. It depends on what you want from a telecast. But for such a pivotal game, the CBC’s coverage seemed too low-key at times.
On one subject, NBC and CBC were in agreement: The officiating, given the importance of the game, was poor. NBC’s Pierre McGuire made note of cheap calls and so did the CBC’s Harry Neale.
Now the series shifts back to Hockeyville, California for Game 5 on Wednesday. Should the Ducks pull off a series clinching victory, the Stanley Cup will be on hand and polished up like George Hamilton. I’m telling you Anaheim, this is a big deal. This is possibly bigger than Jesus. I know such claims were the kiss of death for the Beatles, but at this point the NHL could use some blasphemy. Satanists, welcome to the Coolest Game on Earth. Buy our merch. You might be interested in the New Jersey store.
read on and check out the comments on Cherry…
NBC was virtually off the charts last night, with game four of The Stanley Cup Finals at a mere 2.2/ 4 in prime time. The year-ago Stanley Cup match-up scored a similarly lackluster 2.6/ 4 in the overnights on June 12, 2006.
Source is Media Week via AVSForum.
Thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
added 12:22pm, via SportsBusiness Daily,
Last night’s game did a 3.6/7 in the L.A. market.
A quick review of Don on NBC with Brett Hull and Bill Clement. Don said the the biggest mistake the NHL has made is the instigator penalty. People want to see fights, just ask the fans.
Both Don and Brett can’t believe what Alfredsson did at the end of the 2nd, Cherry called him awful dumb if he did it on purpose and Brett said he has lost a lot of respect for him.
Feel free to add your comments if you saw Don on NBC.
If you happened to just land on Kukla’s Korner, make sure to check out the blog post Alanah did earlier today on Don Cherry.
added 6:18am on 6/5/07, from the Toronto Star,
“The fans love the fights,” he said, repeating his oft-heard claim. “The players love the fights. People go nuts on the fights and I have to laugh and I hate to give NBC heck and everything but I’ve been told the reason they cut it down they wanted U.S.A. people to watch it.
“Can you believe that? It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. U.S.A., NASCAR where there’s crashes, football, kill the quarterback, ultimate fighting.
“Who’s kidding who?”
Tonight marks the debut of Don Cherry on NBC. Famous for his forthrightness, brashness, arrogance, fashion sense, and general volume, Cherry hits the U.S. airwaves tonight to show off his own brand of hockey entertainment for more of the world to see.
Last week, Chris Zelkovich at the Toronto Star asked,
Don Cherry says he’s ready for America. But is America ready for him?
That question will be answered Monday night when the star of Coach’s Corner makes his U.S. network television debut on NBC.
Meanwhile, I thought I prepare the uninitiated for what to expect. There are many looks to Cherry, and while most die-hard American hockey fans know The Don well enough, I figure plenty of casual fans may be in for a surprise. So here’s a photo album of the Many Faces of Cherry...
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
When it comes to televising a hockey game, NBC can’t match the experience and reputation of the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.
But the U.S. network compensates with a big effort and an aggressive up-close approach.
It paid off handsomely on Saturday. NBC, producing its first Stanley Cup final telecast of the postseason, equalled and, at few key points, bettered the CBC.
The big miss for the Canadian network was failing to note that the Anaheim Ducks had been caught on a late line change and had only four skaters on the ice when Anton Volchenkov scored the Ottawa Senators’ second goal.
added 7:54am, from the Insiders blog at Media Week via avsforum...
The NHL Stanley Cup Finals on NBC with just 1.73 million viewers and a 0.5/ 2 among adults 18-49 in prime time.
added 8:56am, via the LA Times (reg. req.),
NBC got only a 1.5 national overnight rating for Game 3. That’s down 12% from the 1.7 NBC got for Game 3 of last year’s Stanley Cup finals between Carolina and Edmonton.
from the LA Times,
North of the border, he’s been called bigger than Oprah and sexier than The Rolling Stones. He’s also been described as racially insensitive and a xenophobic clown.
“He’s the most recognized face in Canada,” says his boss, Joel Darling, executive producer of CBC’s venerable “Hockey Night in Canada” telecast.
In Southern California last week for the CBC broadcast of the Stanley Cup finals between the Ducks and the Ottawa Senators, Cherry now comes to NBC, if only for tonight’s Game 4, appearing with ex-NHL star Brett Hull as a between-periods analyst. An NBC spokeswoman cautiously calls Cherry’s segment “an experiment.”
“A lot of bars across Canada go silent when he comes on TV,” says Hull. “It’s going to be an honor to be on with Don.”
more (reg. req.)
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
They’re entertaining as solo acts, but no great shakes as a team.
At least, they weren’t on Saturday night when NBC’s Brett Hull joined Don Cherry on the CBC’s Coach’s Corner during the first intermission of the Anaheim Ducks-Ottawa Senators game.
There were no fireworks, no real disagreements, not even much discussion about the game.
The only real colour came from Cherry’s jacket which appeared to have been made from red, orange and white floral drapery material.
from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,
Now is his time to cash in on what he does best: talk.
Versus, NBC and anyone else who televises the National Hockey League ought to sign him quicker than Dany Heatley can score a goal (Heatley being one of the stars Milbury passed on as GM).
Let Milbury become the ranter instead of the rantee. He can become the Charles Barkley or Johnny Miller of hockey.
Dare we say it? He can become America’s Don Cherry.
Cherry is the godfather of one of Milbury’s sons. He once said nobody ever built an NHL career more on hard work than Milbury did, which is one of the tamest things Cherry ever has said. The former Bruins coach and his former player share a gift of gab.
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