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The Bruins averaged a 8.3 local rating on VERSUS, the Red Sox a 6.3 local rating on NESN and the Celtics a 4.1 local rating on ESPN.
In terms of households, the Bruin game delivered 200,000 households, the Red Sox game 153,000 households and the Celtic game 99,000 households.
In terms of total viewers, the Bruins easily beat both of the other local teams averaging 328,000 viewers (Red Sox had 223,000 and Celtics had 142,000 viewers).
from Pete Dougherty of the Times Union,
Please, ESPN, won’t you come back to the NHL?
Tonight on Versus, something that has happened throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, Bill Patrick welcomed viewers back to the studio at the conclusion of the Penguins-Canadiens game.
“We’ll be taking you to the third period in Detroit, as the Red Wings face off against the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of their series in just a few moments, but first, back to the highlights of the game you just saw.”
The italics are mine. Why do we want highlights from a game we just saw when we know another game is going on?
Such backward thinkng is typical of Versus and the NHL, which needs to find a new cable television partner.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 29, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, continues its coverage of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Conference Semifinals commence tonight. The network will drop the puck on its first night of second-round coverage at 8:30 p.m. ET with Hockey Central followed by exclusive coverage of Game 1 in the Detroit Red Wings/San Jose Sharks series at 9 p.m. ET. VERSUS will air another Hockey Central show at 11:30 p.m. ET following the conclusion of the game.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 27, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, is averaging a .6 HH rating and 552,000 viewers for its 12 days of Conference Quarterfinal round coverage-through Sunday, April 25. The HH rating and average viewership is up 50 percent and 25, respectively, compared to the same time period of last year’s postseason (.4 HH rating and 442,000 viewers). Additionally, the network is also seeing viewership increases across all key male demos over last year: Men 18-34 (up 5%), Men 18-49 (up 10%) and Men 25-54 (up 23%). Due to the momentum of NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, VERSUS garnered its most-watched April in primetime in network history.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 16, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, earned a .5 National HH rating and averaged 478,000 viewers for its triple-header night of action to open the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 14, making it the most-watched opening night of the postseason on cable since 2004. The HH rating and average viewership was up 25 percent and 22 percent, respectively, compared to VERSUS’ first night of last year’s Quarterfinals coverage (.4 HH rating and 392,000 viewers). Wednesday’s opening night telecasts were also the most-watched among Men 18-49 and Men 25-54 on cable since 2002. This record-breaking night was garnered without the advantage of the team markets as VERSUS’ Quarterfinals coverage is non-exclusive and blacked out locally.
Of course no NHL games tonight, but we do have hockey related shows.
The 201 NHL Entry Draft Drawing can be watched on Versus and TSN beginning at 8:00pm ET.
The NHL Network has their Western Conference Playoff Preview show beginning at 8:00pm ET and repeated at the top of the hour.
CBC has their Stanley Countdown Show at 8 :00pm.local, 8:30 NT or CBCSports.ca (Canadian IPs only), 7:00pm ET.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 13, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, will drop the puck on its wall-to-wall coverage of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday, April 14. The network will start the night at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first Playoffs edition of Hockey Central followed by the first game in the Ottawa Senators/Pittsburgh Penguins series at 7:00 p.m. ET. VERSUS will air another Hockey Central show at 9:30 p.m. ET followed by Game 1 in the Detroit Red Wings/Phoenix Coyotes series at 10 p.m. ET. VERSUS concludes its first night of coverage by joining Game 1 of the Colorado Avalanche/San Jose Sharks series in-progress following the conclusion of the Red Wings/Coyotes telecast.
from Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News,
At a minimum, Versus will televise 50 postseason games, depending on how the series break. The first round is non-exclusive, with Versus picking up two contests exclusively in each of the series during the second round. Then, full exclusivity skates in during the conference finals, before the network again televises Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, which averaged 3.2 million viewers in 2009, the most for the championship round on cable since 2002.
A key playoff addition: During the non-exclusive first- and second-round games, Versus will transmit other NHL postseason games into the blacked-out home markets of the participating clubs. Previously, it aired alternative programming in those windows in the local markets. According to Davis, this will provide more in-depth coverage overall and give fans a chance to see who their favorite club could meet in the next round, or afford them a better viewing option if the local game is a blowout.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 24, 2010)- VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, earned a .7 National HH rating and averaged 622,000 viewers for the March 22 Detroit Red Wings/Pittsburgh Penguins game making it VERSUS’ highest-rated and most-watched NHL regular season game in network history and the most-watched NHL regular season telecast on cable since 2004. The game peaked at a .9 National HH rating and 760,000 viewers during the live telecast.
Monday night’s game surpassed VERSUS’ previous highs set by the Washington Capitals/Philadelphia Flyers game on October 27, 2009 in terms of HH rating (.6) and the Toronto Maple Leafs/Detroit Red Wings 2008/09 season-opening game on October 9, 2008 in average viewership (577,000).
Locally, Pittsburgh delivered a 6.7 HH rating and Detroit earned a 4.7 HH rating making VERSUS the top-rated cable network and also one of the top networks (among both cable and broadcast) in both cities.
from Directv tweets,
VERSUS will be returning to the same programming packages it was at the end of August 2009.
DIRECTV and Comcast have reached an agreement to return VERSUS to the DIRECTV programming lineup today.
added 4:45pm, Directv tweet says channel shoudl be back by 7:00pm ET today.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., and PHILADELPHIA, March 15, 2010 - DIRECTV and Comcast have reached an agreement to return VERSUS to the DIRECTV programming lineup today. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
VERSUS will return to the same DIRECTV programming packages it was in at the end of August 2009.
“We are pleased that both sides were able to work out a satisfactory deal to bring this programming back to our customers,” said Derek Chang, executive vice president, Content Strategy and Development, DIRECTV.
“We’re excited that we were able to come to a fair agreement that puts VERSUS back in millions of homes with DIRECTV in time for our busy spring programming schedule,” said Jamie Davis, president of VERSUS. “We look forward to super-serving these fans with NHL regular-season and playoff coverage, our first live UFC event and much more.”
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