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Watching Versus

from Kevin Downey of Media Life,

Versus has been posting sizable year-over-year ratings increases for NHL semifinal games….

In the timeslot, Versus ranked No. 2 among all cable networks, trailing only TNT in key male demographic groups, according to Versus.

Last week, Versus ranked an impressive No. 21 among all cable networks in primetime with an average audience of 813,000 people, according to a Turner Research analysis of Nielsen ratings.

Among 18-49s, Versus was in the top 10, a huge feat for a tiny network. It had an audience of 517,000 people in the demographic.

By comparison, in April, Versus had an audience of 319,000 people, down 17 percent from April 2008. Among 18-49s, it had 190,000 viewers, also down 17 percent.

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Missing Out On A Great Game

from Sean Gregory of Time,

What a dream series for the NHL. The league’s two best players, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are going goal for goal, assist for assist, in an Eastern Conference semifinal series headed for a deciding Game 7 Wednesday night. In Game 2, a captivating 4-3 Capitals win, both guys scored hat tricks. Five of the games have been decided by one goal, and three have gone into overtime.

It’s a once-in-a-decade duel — the kind of rare treat that somehow exceeds the hype. So tonight, tune into channel 603, and catch the last game of an instant classic.

That’s right: channel 603, square in television’s Yukon Territory. Since the hockey playoffs are on Versus, formerly known as the Outdoor Life Network, viewers in many markets will have to search the hinterland of channel listings in order to watch the games….

Due to Versus’ limited carriage and penalty box position on many channel lineups, what should be a transcendent series for hockey in America is barely cracking mainstream consciousness. Versus has carried all of the Penguins-Caps series except for Game 1, which NBC broadcast on May 2, and has averaged 1.04 million viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. The series is drawing a smaller audience than last year’s College Baseball World Series, on ESPN, when it averaged 1.4 million viewers.

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As I have mentioned in the past, hockey fans will watch, casual sports fans, those that click the remote trying to find a game, will not watch.  Not many people have Versus in their ‘favorites’ list and it is too bad, they will be missing a great game tonight.

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The Hockey Is Great But Issues Still Exist

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

After years of blundering and tinkering, the NHL finally is hitting the formula that works, letting its stars shine, and they’re responding with unscripted drama. This should be a bright new era for the league, with great young players everywhere, from the obvious—Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin—to the not-so-obvious kids in Chicago, where the Blackhawks have fans there giddy again.

Now, all the league needs to do is find a network that most people actually get. Nothing against Versus, which does a decent job, but the NHL has earned a wider national audience, and it’s ridiculous Gary Bettman hasn’t solved the issue and revisited ESPN….

The Stanley Cup playoffs are must-see TV again; it’s just a shame that for many, it’s can’t-find TV on Versus. NBC’s weekend coverage is a boost, but if the NHL ever gets smart and works its way back to ESPN, look out.

The league still has issues, including its inconsistent officiating and peculiar calls. Some people hate that, especially when, say, a tying goal by a Wing is waved off in the final minute. No excuse there, but it does add to the quirkiness, and it sure hasn’t stopped us from watching.

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Watching The Blackhawks

Chicago, IL (May 12, 2009) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most comprehensive Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage in HD, delivered its highest Blackhawks rating ever last evening (May 11)—a 7.82 household rating for its live coverage of the Blackhawks Game 6 second round clinching victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

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Capitals Finally Get An OT Win - Force Game 7

David Steckel deflects a shot from Brooks Laich and we move on to game 7 in Washington.

One more thing, Bruce Boudreau needs to bet some better collar stays to prevent his shirt collar from pointing upwards.

added 10:44pm, Game highlights via Versus can be watched below…

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Watching Hockey In Canada

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

That was a heck of a hockey game NBC missed Saturday afternoon, though there won’t be any tears shed at peacock headquarters. Even though The Messiah Tiger Woods wasn’t at the top of the leaderboard at The Players championship, NBC still drew a 2.8 rating for golf on Saturday and a 3.4 on Sunday.

In Gary Bettman’s most vivid dreams, the NHL gets those kinds of ratings. In reality, hockey’s high water mark this playoff season on NBC is 1.4.

On this side of the border, hockey dominates everything as it always does. But there will be a lot of tight collars at the CBC if the Vancouver Canucks join the rest of Canada’s NHL entities on the golf courses of North America after tonight. The Canucks are driving ratings, but the rest of the field isn’t doing much to stir Canadian interest.

Saturday’s Washington-Pittsburgh game, in the prime Hockey Night In Canada slot, drew 1.37 million viewers. That’s a strong number, but a little more than 100,000 above what CBC draws during the regular season. You’d think a playoff game involving the league’s biggest stars in a series that has been nothing short of magnificent would do better.

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Watching In Detroit

from SnapShots at Mlive,

May 11, Fox Sports Detroit: RED WINGS GAME 5 VICTORY SETS RATINGS RECORD FOR FOX SPORTS DETROIT

Detroit-Anaheim Game Achieves 17.1 Household Rating / 35 Share in Metro Detroit

FOX Sports Detroit attracted an all-time record audience for Sunday’s Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Semifinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks.

Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 5:00-7:45 PM telecast registered a 17.1 household rating / 35 share in the Detroit metro area, an average of nearly 330,000 homes (one rating point equals approximately 19,270 households).

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Versus Promotes Game They Are Not Broadcasting

via Puck The Media,

From VERSUS’ NHL Twitter Feed:

Versus coverage starts at 5:00PMET w/ ANA at DET! Go to versus.com/nhl & scroll to the bottom to find your VS channel!

The only problem is the game is not on Versus.  The game is on regional networks in the US, plus the NHL Network, TSN and RDS.

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Capitals Still Upset With HNIC

via Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Hockey Night In Canada was to get the official freeze out from the Washington Capitals last night at Mellon Arena.

CBC producers were told yesterday that cameras not only weren’t welcome in the team’s dressing room, but the public broadcaster would not be granted between-period interviews during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semi-final between the Caps and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Caps still are upset that the CBC aired footage prior to Wednesday’s Game 3 that included strategic information on the team’s dressing room white board.

A team official said the ban is “indefinite” and will preclude CBC reporter Elliotte Friedman from interviewing players during intermissions both last night and for tonight’s Game 5.

update 9:32am,  It is my understanding the Capitals now will allow intermission interviews.

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A Look At P.J. Stock

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

Stock – and his beard – add a little much-needed zest to the show, and that’s clearly why the CBC Sports executives hired him two years ago. But not everyone shares the Hockey Night in Canada bosses’ enthusiasm for Stock, who also hosts a daily sports talk show on Team 990 and contributes regularly to CBC-TV’s local supper-hour newscast.

You don’t have to look far – just nose around a few sports blogs – to find folks who don’t like Stock’s revved-up, sometimes not-so-grammatical approach to broadcasting. His rocking style has also elicited a few barbs from media critics, with one Globe and Mail columnist penning a particularly bitter anti-Stock diatribe during last year’s playoffs.

Part of it might be envy. Stock, who was most famous for his abilities as a pugilist over the course of his NHL career, only made his broadcast debut three years ago on Team 990, Montreal’s English-

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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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