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from Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey,
While CBC’s current contract with the NHL lasts until the end of the 2013-14 season, it is expected CTV could make a serious push for the exclusive broadcast rights of Canadian-based NHL teams, which would then be televised on TSN.
In 2007, CBC successfully outbid CTV for full broadcast rights of all Canadian NHL teams , but the market has changed since then, and CBC could find it very difficult in three years time to top CTV.
The aging of Hockey Night’s top on-screen personalities could also become a potential problem.
While McLean and Cherry remain Hockey Night’s most recognizable faces, they’re also getting older, especially Cherry, who will be 80 when the show’s current contract expires in 2014.
While two of the most recognizable faces in the NHL won’t be in attendance, many more will indeed be at the show at the Palms Casino and Resort today, flashing their best threads on the Red Carpet. So we’ll finally know who has the cleanest post-playoff shave, the hottest girlfriend, the whitest teeth (or, rather, any teeth)... etc. Important stuff.
The Red Carpet Show runs from 5-7pm ET on NHL Network. The NHL Awards broadcast itself starts at 7pm ET on Versus and some CBC stations. (For Canadians out west, the awards broadcast is time-delayed, but you can watch them live on CBC.ca).
added 9:49pm, All those who received votes for the trophies are listed below…
Playoff Series Rounds, Stanley Cup Final Series and Vancouver-Boston Game 7 All set new network highs. On television and on-line, Canadians watched hockey in record numbers this playoff season on CBC.
On air, ratings data from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) show CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’s coverage of the 2011 NHL playoffs has shattered all previous records for post-season audiences. From the four playoff series, to the Stanley Cup Final, to the Vancouver/Boston Game 7 showdown, this year’s playoff run truly was one for the record books.
CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA - Stanley Cup Final – Vancouver/Boston*
• Average audience of 6.15 million viewers, up 98% compared to the 2009/10 Stanley Cup Final.
• Marks the highest Stanley Cup Final average since TV metered measurement (originally set by 2004 average of 3.73 million, a difference of 65%).
via CBC press release,
It was only fitting that a playoff run that delivered record ratings in each round ended with a Game 7 that broke all viewing records for CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA. A stunning average audience of 8.76 million Canadians tuned in, making it the most-watched NHL broadcast in CBC history*, and second-most watched sports broadcast ever, just behind the 2002 Olympic Men’s Hockey Final between Canada and the USA at 8.96 million.
The game, which saw Boston defeat Vancouver 4-0 to win their first Stanley Cup title since 1972, peaked at 11.2 million viewers at 9:40 p.m. ET with five minutes left in the 2nd period. The game reached a total of 18.45 million Canadians (more than half of the Canadian population), by far the most ever for the Final on CBC.
The game also delivered spectacular ratings in the key 25-54 demo, with an average audience of just over 4 million viewers.
HNIC does it again, great video…
via CBC press release,
Last night’s Game 6 delivered a new ratings record for CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, with an average audience of 6.6 million Canadians tuning in. That’s the most-watched NHL broadcast in CBC history* – beating the 6.1 million that watched Game 5. \
The game, which saw Boston defeat Vancouver 5-2 to tie the series 3-3, peaked at 8.1 million viewers at 9:06 pm ET near the end of the first period. The game reached a total of 16.2 million Canadians, the most ever for the Final on CBC.
The game also delivered spectacular ratings in the key 25-54 demo, with an average audience of 2.9 million viewers.
(Source: BBM Canada, Total Canada, Preliminary Overnights, Ind.2+, 2011)
* Based on metered television audience data only
CBC’s ratings info:
Canadians can’t get enough of this emotional Stanley Cup Final series, and continue to watch CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA in record numbers.
An average audience of 5.3 million Canadians witnessed Vancouver’s 4-0 loss to the Bruins in last night’s Game 4. That’s just shy of the 5.6 million who tuned in to the first two games in Vancouver, and the 5.4 million who watched the 8-1 Boston win in Game 3.
CBC Press Release…
It was another victory for the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Final, and another massive ratings success for CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, as an average audience of 5.6 million again tuned in, this time for Saturday night’s Game Two overtime thriller.
Audience numbers peaked at a massive 7.7 million viewers around the end of regulation time.
Canadians also chose CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA before and after the game in a big way. More than 1.6 million tuned in to the Scotiabank Hockey Tonight pre-game show, while CBC was the overwhelming choice for fans after the game, with 3.7 million viewers sticking with CBC for the post-game show.
Game One of the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins was the highest-rated NHL game in the history of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA with average audience of 5.6 million and a peak of 7.8 million.
It is the single highest audience for an NHL playoff and regular season game on CBC, shattering the previous record of 4.96 million set in 1994 with the Game 7 Stanley Cup final match-up between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers.
It was also the second most-watched sports program on CBC, behind only the 2002 Olympic Men’s Hockey Final between Canada and the USA in Salt Lake City which drew an audience of 8.96 million viewers.
from Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star,
By the time Cherry pays for his large Colombian Supremo, which he triple-cups instead of using a cardboard sleeve, he has signed two autographs, mugged for another camera and given his phone number to an ashen stranger who unburdens himself with a tale of woe about his son not getting drafted.
It’s like this all the time.
Love him or hate him — after all these years, there is still no middle ground — Cherry occupies a rarefied place in the pantheon of Canadian celebrity. The Stanley Cup Final begins this week and, once again, he will be cast into the national spotlight. He will hurl thunderbolts from the bully pulpit known as Coach’s Corner, polarizing an audience that’s expected to break records as the Vancouver Canucks vie to become the first Canadian team since 1993 to win hockey’s ultimate prize.
Cherry made his debut in 1980. Roughly 1,750 segments, 31 years and a million public storms later, the titular corner now extends across Canada. But one thing that has not changed is the coach’s mistrust of the industry he conquered and the fame he refuses to embrace.
“Television is a jungle,” says Cherry, now 77. “I thought hockey was a tough business. But this is a tough business. You know why? I’m going to say it for the first time: Everybody hopes you fail.”
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