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Watching NBC

from Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life,

It was the NBA and NHL finals out ahead of the other networks last night, as the Orlando Magic earned their first win of the series and the Pittsburgh Penguins ensured that the Stanley Cup finals will go seven games.

ABC’s basketball coverage led the night with a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating and 11 share, according to Nielsen overnights, followed by NBC’s hockey coverage in second at 2.2/6.

As a reminder, ratings for live sporting events are approximate as fast nationals measure timeslot and not actual program data. They also do not include accurate West Coast viewing or post-primetime viewing in the East. Final numbers will be out later today.


added 12:08pm, More numbers at Puck The Media.

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SCF Ratings Down In Canada

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

The Stanley Cup final is turning out to be a bit of a ratings dog for CBC, with audiences down 15 per cent after the first five games.

If things continue and Detroit finishes up the series Tuesday night, this could be one of the least-watched Stanley Cup finals in years. But there’s a mystery here: Why?

The hockey’s been pretty good and there’s no shortage of stars on the ice. With the exception of Saturday’s blowout, which no doubt sent hundreds of thousands looking for quality reruns, the series has been competitive.

Even CBC is baffled by the ratings drop.

“We’re slightly mystified and slightly disappointed,” says CBC Sports head Scott Moore. “Maybe it’s a case of been there, done that and Saturday’s blowout certainly didn’t help.

“But beyond that we’re not really sure what’s happening.”


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No JoeVision Tuesday Night

from Bill Shea of Crain’s Detroit Business,

Don’t look for Joe Vision this year.

The Detroit Red Wings say they couldn’t reach a deal to air Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals for fans gathered at Joe Louis Arena, as the team has done in the past during road playoff games.

“We will not hold ‘Joe Vision’ for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final as we were unable to secure the broadcast rights to show this game in the arena,” said Karen Cullen in an e-mail to Crain’s today. She’s the vice president of corporate communications for Ilitch Holdings Inc., the central business entity of team owners Mike and Marian Ilitch.


Here is my question, the Wings started promoting JoeVision yesterday on local radio, did someone mess up somewhere?

added 3:28pm, via Terry Foster of the Detroit News,

NBC representative Brian Walker did not immediately return a phone message for comment, but NHL media relations vice president Frank Brown confirmed the situation while expressing sympathy to Red Wings fans.

“We are very much in tune and very sensitive to the great experience that fans have by coming to a great venue and watching a great hockey game,” Brown said. “That said we need to be sensitive to the business end of things and that business is ratings driven.”

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Watching NBC & CBC

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

Even though hockey still beats out everything on the sports dial here, the fact is twice as many Americans are watching the final than Canadians. It could be a fascination with Darren Pang, or maybe it’s the lack of gripping poker tournaments.

One might assume from this odd trend that NBC is doing a great job of presenting hockey and CBC not so much. But the fact is they both do pretty much the same job.

For example, announcers of both networks still manage to talk right through key plays. On Saturday night, CBC play-by-play man Jim Hughson was rambling on about Detroit’s penalty-killing woes and neglected to tell viewers that a strange carom off the boards almost resulted in a shorthanded goal for the Red Wings.

Over on NBC, Pierre McGuire was making a comment about Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk being able to “stickhandle in a phone booth without being interrupted” at the same time Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood was making a long pass that resulted in a goal.


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NBC Leads In Viewing Last Night

from Robert Seidman of TV by the Numbers,

Another boring Saturday night of broadcast television.  Unless you are a Detroit Red Wings fan!  Last night’s game five of the Stanley Cup Finals led all broadcast viewing, both in adults 18-49 (1.6) and total viewers (4.28 million).



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Versus President Jamie Davis Says No Conversations With ESPN

from Mke Reynolds of Multichannel News,

Asked about reports of ESPN’s interest in getting back into the puck sport, Davis said there haven’t been any conversations with executives from Bristol.

“Versus has a contract with the NHL [through the 2011 season]. There haven’t been any talks with [NHL commissioner] Gary {Bettman] about that," said Davis. "He's only expressed encouragement, to ‘keep the momentum going.'"

To that end, Versus will sit down with the NHL and evaluate what can be done to enhance the product.

"After the Stanely Cup, we'll look back on what worked. I think the recap will show that it was a super season and we'll discuss what we can do to improve on it."

more on Versus…

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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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