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NHL/NBC Extension Coming

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

It’s been a dream playoffs, so far, for the NHL on TV.

Its greatest stars – Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk – have advanced as far as the Stanley Cup final. After years in the doldrums, some of its best U.S. television markets – Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh – pushed deep into the playoffs. And the skilled on-ice product has been rewarded with some modest bumps in U.S. ratings on NBC and Versus.

Now, NBC and the NHL are set to announce an extension to their relationship for another two years, past the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and Stanley Cup playoffs.

It will likely be a continuation of the no-money-down/split-revenues-after-costs arrangement that has existed since the two sides fell into each other’s arms after the NHL lockout in 2004-05.

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Watching Versus Game 3 SCF

via Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Tuesday night’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals received a 15.1 rating in Detroit and averaged 290,009 households. In Pittsburgh, Versus had a 26.1 rating and averaged 302,067 households.

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How About Some ‘Soup’ Before The Post Game Show?

via Pete Dougherty of the Times Union,

As if hockey fans didn’t have enough reasons to hate Versus, the network with the corny name gave them another tonight.

After the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Versus crew told viewers that they would be back in a half hour with “Hockey Central,” its postgame show.

A half hour? Why?Apparently the network savors its “Sports Soup” program so much that it’s willing to lose its hockey audience to air this week’s episode. Hockey fans were left looking for the NHL Network, which did provide postgame coverage.

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NBC Seeing Great Ratings

From CBS Sports:

Television ratings for the Stanley Cup Finals are off to their best start since 2002.

NBC said Tuesday that Games 1 and 2 averaged a 2.8 rating and 5 share. That’s up 17 percent from last year, when the first games on the network were Games 3 and 4. Versus showed Games 1 and 2 in 2008; the cable channel is broadcasting Games 3 and 4 this year.

The ratings were the highest for the first two games on NBC or ABC since 2002, when the Detroit-Carolina series averaged a 3.4/7.

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NHL Network Extends Relationship With Comcast

NHL Network and Comcast Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services, today announced a long-term agreement with the NHL Network to add the network to its Digital Classic level of service by the start of the 2009-10 NHL season. Under the terms of the agreement, the NHL Network will reach nearly two-thirds of the Comcast’s total digital customer base.

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Watching NBC- Game 2 SCF

from Puck The Media,

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals drew a 3.5/6 overnight rating, 5.3 Million viewers, and a 2.2 in the key demo of Adults 18-49.  These are all positive gains from Game 1, which drew a 2.6/5 overnight, 4.5 Million viewers and a 1.7 in the 18-49 demo.

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The Most Interesting Man In The Universe

from Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press,

Wearing a pink coat, Cherry arrived at the Joe flanked by two young ladies aboard a boat on the Detroit River and made his way through the fans outside the arena. Inside he got a hug and a kiss from “my songbird,” Karen Newman.

Budd Lynch, meanwhile, has been doing a taped voice-over: “His reputation is expanding faster than the galaxy. ... His blood smells like cologne. ... He often has awkward moments just because he likes them. ... He’s the most interesting man in the universe.”

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Watching NBC - Game 1 SCF Ratings

from Puck The Media,

The game drew an average of 4.5 million viewers, and a 1.7 in the all-important Adults 18-49 demo, winning the night for NBC.

The game won it’s time period from 8-10 PM (finished 2nd from 10-11) in total viewers and won all three hours of primetime in Adults 18-49.

read on

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HNIC Does It Right - Game 1 SCF Opening Plus Howe & Lindsay

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Game 1 SCF Will Be Broadcast In Tampa Area

People were emailing me to post a story about the first game of the SCF not being shown in the Tampa area.  I knew negotiations were in the works and it looks like I was right…

from Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times,

Hockey fans, breathe easy again. Saturday night’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals will be seen locally after all. Sun Sports, which televises Lightning games, has agreed to pick up NBC’s feed for the opening game of the series between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. The telecast will begin at 8 p.m. Sun Sports received final approval from Fox, which owns Sun Sports, as well as final clearing by the NHL on Friday afternoon.

NBC is showing the game nationally, but the local NBC affiliate, WFLA-Ch. 8, could not show the game because it is broadcasting its 26th annual All Children’s Hospital Telethon.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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