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VERSUS asked you tonight for the answer to this question- How many games did it take Wayne Gretzky to reach 800 games?
PuckDaddystill trying to figure out the answer.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 15, 2010)—VERSUS, the cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), will debut the network’s new live hockey show titled NHL Overtime tonight at 11 p.m. ET, following post-game coverage on Hockey Central. The hour-long program, airing Monday through Thursday nights, will provide hockey fans with a one-stop destination for news and information about the NHL and beyond.
“This season we have more NHL coverage than ever before and adding a nightly show provides an additional platform for the network to super-serve hockey fans the way only VERSUS can,” said Marc Fein, Executive Vice President of Programming, Production and Business Operations for VERSUS. “This is also a natural evolution in our relationship with the NHL, which has continued to reach new milestones each season.”
NHL Overtime, will feature game highlights, re-caps, expert analysis and all the hottest news and topics from the NHL, college, minor leagues and international hockey. The show will include in-studio guests as well as live post-game player interviews from around the league. Additionally, special longer-form features on coaches, players and influential names in hockey will also be a regular part of the show.
from Michael McCarthy of USA TODAY,
Versus is rolling out a new late-night TV hockey show called NHL Overtime to replace the cancelled sports show featuring Jenn Sterger, the woman at the center of the Brett Favre sexting scandal.
The one-hour show will premiere Nov. 15 and include game highlights, postgame player interviews, features and discussion. It will also delve into intercollegiate and international hockey.
NHL Overtime will take over the Monday-Thursday, 11 p.m. ET time slot previously occupied by TheDaily Line where Sterger served as co-host. The show flopped badly, averaging only 53,000 viewers per night and a minuscule 0.06 rating.
“It’s another way we are super-serving the hockey fan better than anyone else,” said Marc Fein, Versus executive vice president of programming. The “place for the hockey fan will really be Monday-Thursday at 11.” He declined to comment on air-talent for the show.
Charles Coplin, the NHL’s executive vice president of content, said the new show will be a “a win-win for hockey fans everywhere.”
from Steve Lepore of Puck The Media,
VERSUS continued to put up tepid numbers for the NHL Premiere series, with live broadcasts of the league’s overseas excursion, but it saw some encouraging numbers from a game on Saturday, despite competition from a local regional sports network and an early timeslot for viewers in the other.
The network’s broadcast of the first Coyotes-Bruins game at Noon ET/10 AM on Saturday drew an 0.1 HH rating and 116,000 viewers, ahead of all but one of VERSUS’ three other NHL Premiere telecasts (SJ/CBJ Friday – 120,000 viewers) but still fairly low, considering the game had the advantage of airing on a weekend when most were home and available to watch.
When will some of the Canadian media stop with the ‘our game’ and ‘bring the Cup home’ stories?
Did anyone see any questionable headshots last night? Maybe the players have finally received the message.
When will the trade talk start heating up again? I say right around American Thanksgiving.
Why won’t the people who run Center Ice get more bandwidth in order to provide US based fans the joy of watching HNIC in HD?
Why does VERSUS continue to do interviews while the game is being played?
NEW YORK, N.Y. (October 5, 2010)-VERSUS will drop the puck on the 2010/11 NHL regular season, and its sixth year of on-ice action, with an unprecedented amount of coverage featuring nine games across the first seven days of the season. The network’s coverage begins with a triple-header on Thursday when the Carolina Hurricanes battle the Minnesota Wild from Helsinki, Finland, at 12 p.m. ET, followed by a Keystone State showdown between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m. ET before finishing the night with a match-up featuring the Colorado Avalanche and 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks at 10 p.m. ET. Every NHL game on VERSUS is available in HD.
from Joe Siville of Flyers.com,
Today at the Wells Fargo Center, Flyers right wing Ian Laperriere took part in an official TV spot conceived and produced by the VERSUS network.
The commercial focuses on the now famous event in which Laperriere dives to block a shot from the point from then New Jersey Devils (now Pittsburgh Penguins) defenseman Paul Martin during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series and was struck just above the eye.
Needless to say Laperriere didn’t need to memorize a script having lived it, but surprisingly re-enacting the moment over and over again didn’t exactly cause a sense of déjà vu.
“I don’t know,” laughed Laperriere. “I think when it’s going to be all together and I’m going to see the commercial come out, I think it will bring it back a little more when it really happened. But for today, there were too many cuts for me to be in that moment again.”
NEW YORK, N.Y. (August 25, 2010) -VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country and cable television home of the NHL, will open its sixth year of action with increased coverage featuring nine games across the first seven days of the season.
The network drops the puck on its regular season coverage with a triple-header on Thursday, October 7, when the Carolina Hurricanes battle the Minnesota Wild from Helsinki, Finland, at 12 p.m. ET, followed by the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m. ET before finishing the night with a match-up featuring the Colorado Avalanche and 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks at 10 p.m. ET. Every NHL game on VERSUS is available in HD.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 3, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, garnered a 3.1 national HH rating and averaged 3.6 million viewers for last night’s Stanley Cup Final Game 3 telecast. The game made VERSUS the most-watched cable network in the country among total viewers, all key male demos and among Adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.
It was the most-watched Final game on cable since 2002 and the highest-rated and most-watched telecast ever in network history, surpassing the net’s previous high set by Game 4 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final (2.8 HH rating and 3.448 million viewers). The game peaked at a 4.3 HH rating and 5.051 million viewers between 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET.
Locally, VERSUS garnered a 17.7 HH rating and averaged 1.099 million viewers in Chicago and a 17.4 HH rating and 801,000 viewers in Philadelphia, making VERSUS the top-rated network overall-among both broadcast and cable-in both markets. The local market ratings were the best ever for a Blackhawks or Flyers game on cable in both cities.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 18, 2010)-VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, averaged a 1.0 HH rating and 1.041 million viewers for its 2010 Conference Semifinal coverage, making it cable’s most-watched second round on record. The average viewership surpasses the entire second round cable average of all prior Playoff seasons through 1994, which is the first Playoff season with available Nielsen electronic ratings and viewership history for the NHL on cable.
The HH rating and average viewership for the second round was up 25 percent and 28 percent, respectively, as compared to last year’s Conference Semifinals (.8 HH rating and 816,000 viewers). Throughout the duration of the 2010 Semifinals, VERSUS also ranked as a top ten cable network in primetime viewership (8-11p.m.) among Adults 18-49 and 25-54 and was one of the top five most-watched cable networks among Men 18-49 and 25-54.
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