Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/19/06 at 03:54 PM ET
For the second round, the CBC averaged 1.398 million, down 26 per cent from 2004, when three Canadian teams were involved, including Toronto, compared with two this year. At TSN, the audiences have been fairly good. The network is averaging 341,000 a game, up 10 per cent from 2004. NBC? Don't ask. OLN in the United States. Yikes. NBC has a postseason average rating of 1.1 (percentage of U.S. households watching the games), down 27 per cent from ABC's 2004 ratings. OLN's rating is 0.45, which converts to about 300,000 viewers a game, half of what ESPN used to pull in. Broadcasting sources believe NBC's audience problems are tied directly to the league's decision to replace ESPN as its cable rights holder.read on
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