NHL/VERSUS Numbers Down Slightly, Still Up From 07-08

Sports Media Watch has some great info on this:

For the first time since acquiring rights to the league in ’05, Versus saw a decline in viewership for its regular season NHL coverage.

Versus averaged 297,000 viewers for NHL coverage during the 2009-10 season, down 7% from last year (318,000), but up 9% from 2007-08 (272,000). This is the first time that viewership has declined for the NHL regular season on Versus.

Despite the decline, this marks the second-most viewed NHL regular season on cable since the 2004-05 lockout.

The top game of the season was Penguins/Red Wings on March 22, which drew 622,000 viewers.

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2 Responses to NHL/VERSUS Numbers Down Slightly, Still Up From 07-08

  1. Will says:

    Could this be due to the fact that Versus was no on DirectTV for over half the season?

  2. leafsfan1967 says:

    Will :Could this be due to the fact that Versus was no on DirectTV for over half the season?

    You have to think that was a factor. It certainly didn’t help them. The numbers are hardly inspiring.

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