NBC Hypes Opening Weekend Coverage

NEW YORK – April 29, 2010 ? Sidney Crosby leads the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins against the Montreal Canadians at Mellon Arena in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals on NBC Sports this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. NBC Sports? third weekend of NHL playoff coverage begins Saturday with another Eastern Conference Semi-Final matchup at 12:30 p.m. ET when the Boston Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden in Game 1 of their series.?Mike ?Doc? Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) call the action for both games. McGuire will pull double duty, hosting NBC?s studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury.?Fourth-seeded Pittsburgh won its Quarter-Final series, 4-2, over the fifth-seeded Ottawa Senators. Crosby led all players in the first round of the playoffs with 14 points and nine assists, along with five goals. Pittsburgh is 2-1 on NBC this season with all three games being decided by one goal; two needing overtime and one a shootout. Eight-seeded Montreal knocked off top-seeded Washington in seven games. This is the Canadians first appearance on NBC this season.

?OLCZYK: ?Montreal has a lot of confidence coming off the Washington series. Their goalie is playing well. You could argue that Pittsburgh?s offense is similar to Washington and we know what just happened. But the Penguins have a lot of players with proven playoff experience and, no doubt, the best player in the world. It should be an entertaining series.??Sixth-seeded Boston defeated third-seeded Buffalo, 4-2, in its Quarter-Final series, while seventh-seeded Philadelphia disposed of second-seeded New Jersey in five games. The two teams kicked off NBC?s 2010 NHL coverage by meeting in the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park on January 1. The Bruins needed overtime to defeat the Flyers, 2-1. Boston is a perfect 4-0 on NBC this season, including a 5-3 win over Buffalo in the Quarter-Finals on April 17. The Flyers are 1-2 on NBC in 2010, losing two one-goal games and defeating Washington on the last day of the regular season, 4-3, in a shootout.?

OLCZYK: ?This series just goes to show that the Winter Classic is a breeding ground for playoff success. The first two winners advanced to the Stanley Cup and one of these teams will advance to at least the conference final. Boston is so strong defensively and in goal. Getting Marc Savard back is a big boost. The Flyers will play big and fast, up tempo. They have the edge in depth.??

FIRST-ROUND VIEWERSHIP: Viewership for NBC Sports? four 2010 Quarter-Final broadcasts (1.72 million viewers) was up 18 percent compared to 2009 (1.46 million), and the most since 2006. The household rating of a 1.1 for the four games is also the best since 2006. Last Sunday?s Phoenix-Detroit game (1.1) was up 57 percent vs. last year?s Washington-New York Rangers game (0.7). Last Saturday?s Nashville-Chicago game registered a 1.0 rating, which was even with last year?s Pittsburgh-Philadelphia game.

?NBCSPORTS.COM: NBCSports.com?s ?Star-cam? continues in the playoffs. ?Star-cam? tracks a player(s) from both teams throughout each of their shifts. Following the game, NBCSports.com will present bonus material, including ?Star-cam? and ?Net-cam? and bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators.

Your Announcers and Open Thread For Night 16 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Detroit vs. San Jose, Game 1, 9:00 PM ET

National TV (US): VERSUS (HD, Game will air on VERSUS in Detroit and San Jose)
Play by Play: Rick Peckham
Color: Daryl Reaugh
Reporter: Lindsay Soto

National TV (Canada): TSN (HD)
Play by Play: Chris Cuthbert
Inside the Glass: Ray Ferraro

Caps Set 1 More Ratings Record

Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of Game 7 of the Capitals Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Canadiens on Wednesday, April 28, delivered an 8.1 average household rating in the Washington market, making it the highest-rated Capitals game in network history. The Game 7 rating surpassed the previous record by 40 percent, which was a 5.8 earned on Feb. 8, 2010 at Montreal, and eclipsed the all-time playoff high of 5.6, which was set in Game 6 on April 26, by 45 percent.

  • In the Washington market, the record-setting 8.1 average household rating represents approximately 189,000 households. When combined with the average household rating in the Baltimore market (3.1), Game 7 earned an average audience of approximately 226,000 households on Comcast SportsNet.
  • Comcast SportsNet’s coverage attracted peak viewership during the third period, delivering a 10.6 household rating in Washington and a 4.1 household rating in Baltimore during the final quarter-hour of the game, equating to approximately 297,000 combined households for that time-period.
  • In the key Men 25-54 demographic, Comcast SportsNet delivered an average 8.5 rating in the Washington market,  which peaked at a 10.7 rating in that category during for the final half-hour of the broadcast. The 8.5 rating is a 20 percent increase on the previous all-time high in that demographic, which was set in Game 6 of this series on Monday, April 26 (7.1).
  • During Game 7, Comcast SportsNet was the most-watched television station in the Washington market.
  • With the record ratings posted for Game 7, six of the ten highest-rated Capitals games in Comcast SportsNet history have occurred since February 2010, including the top three all-time ratings.
  • For Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the network earned an average household rating of 5.3 in the Washington market, surpassing the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals (4.7) as the most-viewed Capitals playoff series in network history by 13 percent. The 5.3 average rating for the seven-game series represents a 77 percent increase over last year’s first-round series against the NY Rangers (3.0).
  • Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the Capitals first-round series drew an average audience of approximately 123,000 households in the Washington market and approximately 27,000 households in Baltimore, earning a combined average household audience of approximately 150,000 for the series.

CAPITALS 2010 PLAYOFFS ON CSN – EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

Game                  WSH HH            PEAK            M 25-54            A 25-54         BAL HH           PEAK

Game 1                     5.1                  7.4                 5.9                   4.1                2.1                 3.2

Game 2                     4.4                  6.1                 4.7                   3.4                2.3                 3.2

Game 3                     5.1                  6.4                 5.3                   4.3                1.7                 2.9

Game 4                     5.3                  7.0                 6.2                   4.4                1.8                 2.7

Game 5                     3.8                  6.2                 4.1                   2.5                1.6                 2.4

Game 6                     5.6                  7.1                 7.1                   5.1                2.7                 3.5

Game 7                     8.1                  10.6                8.5                   6.7                3.1                 4.1

AVG.                        5.3                    –                   6.0                   4.4                2.2                  -

ALL-TIME HIGHEST-RATED CAPITALS GAMES ON CSN (WSH DMA):

1.)        8.1          APRIL 28, 2010           ECQ GAME 7 VS. MTL

2.)        5.8          FEBRUARY 10, 2010    REGULAR SEASON VS. MTL

3.)        5.6          APRIL 26, 2010           ECQ GAME 6 VS. MTL

4.)        5.5          MAY 13, 2009              ECS GAME 7 VS. PIT

5.)        5.3          APRIL 21, 2010           ECQ GAME 4 VS. MTL

5.3          MAY 11, 2009              ECS GAME 6 VS. PIT

5.3          APRIL 22, 2008            ECQ GAME 7 VS. PHI

8.)        5.1          APRIL 19, 2010           ECQ GAME 3 VS. MTL

5.1          APRIL 15, 2010           ECQ GAME 1 VS. MTL

10.)       4.7          MAY 9, 2009               ECS GAME 5 VS. PIT

Universal Sports to Air World Championships Coverage

Don’t have a link on it, but here are NBC’s listed games/times for their cable network, Universal Sports, and their coverage of the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championships from Germany:

May 7, 2:00 PM – USA vs. Germany (Live)
May 9, 2:00 PM – Russia vs. Slovakia (Live)
May 10, 3:00 PM – USA vs. Denmark (Tape Delay)
May 12, 2:15 PM – Finland vs. USA (Live)
May 20, 2:15 PM – Quarterfinal #1 (Live)
May 20, 6:00 PM – Quarterfinal (Tape Delay)
May 22, 8:00 AM – Semifinal (Live)
May 22, 3:00 PM – Semifinal (Live)
May 23, 2:30 PM – Gold Medal Match (Live)
May 23, 5:30 PM – Bronze Medal Match (Tape Delay)

VERSUS Heads to Round 2

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.

In the Conference Semifinal round, VERSUS will air at least two exclusive games per series (both Eastern Conference series will have three exclusive games) and the remaining games will be blacked out locally as they were during the first round.  During the Conference Finals, VERSUS will air exclusive coverage of both series and the network’s 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage will culminate with exclusive coverage of Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

VERSUS’ Conference Semifinal schedule follows (All times ET, subject to change):

DATE                                       TIME                            GAMES                                                            CONFERENCE

Thursday, April 29                  9 p.m.                          Detroit at San Jose, Game 1*                        Western

Friday, April 30                       7 p.m.                          Montreal at Pittsburgh, Game 1*                   Eastern

Saturday, May 1                     8 p.m.                          Vancouver at Chicago, Game 1*                    Western

Sunday, May 2                        8 p.m.                          Detroit at San Jose, Game 2*                        Western

Monday, May 3                       7 p.m.                          Philadelphia at Boston, Game 2*                    Eastern

Monday, May 3                       9:30 p.m. (JIP )           Vancouver at Chicago, Game 2                      Western

Tuesday, May 4                      7 p.m.                          Pittsburgh at Montreal, Game 3                     Eastern

Tuesday, May 4                      9:30 p.m. (JIP)            San Jose at Detroit, Game 3                          Western

Wednesday, May 5                 7 p.m.                          Boston at Philadelphia, Game 3*                    Eastern

Wednesday, May 5                 9:30 p.m.                     Chicago at Vancouver, Game 3                      Western

Thursday, May 6                     7 p.m.                          Pittsburgh at Montreal, Game 4*                   Eastern

Thursday, May 6                     9:30 p.m. (JIP)            San Jose at Detroit, Game 4                          Western

Friday, May 7                          7 p.m.                          Boston at Philadelphia, Game 4*                    Eastern

Friday, May 7                          9:30 p.m.                     Chicago at Vancouver, Game 4*                    Western

Saturday, May 8                     7 p.m.                          Montreal at Pittsburgh, Game 5*,**             Eastern

Saturday, May 8                     10 p.m.                        Detroit at San Jose, Game 5**                      Western

Sunday, May 9                        8 p.m.                          Vancouver at Chicago, Game 5**                  Western

Monday, May 10                     7 p.m.                          Pittsburgh at Montreal, Game 6**                 Eastern

Monday, May 10                     9:30 p.m. (JIP)            San Jose at Detroit, Game 6**                      Western

Tuesday, May 11                    9:30 p.m.                     Chicago at Vancouver, Game 6**                  Western

Wednesday, May 12               TBD                             Montreal at Pittsburgh, Game 7**                 Eastern

Wednesday, May 12               TBD                             Detroit at San Jose, Game 7**                      Western

Thursday, May 13                   8 p.m.                          Vancouver at Chicago, Game 7**                  Western

Friday, May 14                        7 p.m.                          Philadelphia at Boston, Game 7**                  Eastern

Games with (*) denotes EXCLUSIVE game; games with (**) are subject to change as best of seven series may be over; (JIP) – joined in progress

VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, prides itself on super-serving passionate sports fans across all platforms (VERSUS.com, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD).  Now in more than 75 million homes, the network is the cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Professional Bull Riders (PBR).  VERSUS also airs NASCAR, NBA, UFC, college football and college basketball programming.  The network is home to the best outdoor programming on television and airs original programs not available anywhere else, including The Daily Line, Sports Soup and Sports Jobs with Junior Seau.  VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

Blackhawks Crush White Sox For Saturday’s Game 5

Here are quarter-hour breakdowns locally of Predators-Blackhawks Game 5, which aired on NBC, and Mariners-White Sox, which aired in a competing timeslot for most of the day on FOX.  All numbers courtesy of Pifeedback.com.

          away           home
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            #29   NSH      # 3   CHI
 Time       NSH   #HH      CHI   #HH
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 3:00     5.4/ 9:  55    5.3/14: 185
 3:15     5.6/ 9:  57    6.8/18: 240
 3:30     5.3/ 9:  54    7.2/18: 252
 3:45     4.7/ 8:  48    7.5/19: 262
 4:00     4.5/ 7:  46    6.3/16: 221
 4:15     5.7/ 9:  58    7.7/19: 271
 4:30     6.3/10:  65    7.5/18: 264
 4:45     5.8/ 9:  59    7.7/18: 268
 5:00     6.9/11:  70    7.8/18: 272
 5:15     8.3/13:  85    9.6/23: 337
 5:30     9.5/15:  97    9.4/22: 329
 5:45     9.1/14:  92    9.3/21: 325
 6:00    12.4/19: 126    9.1/21: 319
   #13   SEA      # 3   CHI
 Time       SEA   #HH      CHI   #HH
------------------------------------
 4:00     2.8/ 9:  52    0.9/ 2:  33
 4:15     4.0/12:  72    1.1/ 3:  38
 4:30     4.4/13:  80    1.4/ 3:  49
 4:45     4.4/13:  81    2.7/ 7:  95
 5:00     4.8/15:  88    2.5/ 6:  89
 5:15     5.4/17:  99    2.0/ 5:  71
 5:30     4.8/15:  89    2.5/ 6:  89
 5:45     4.8/15:  89    3.0/ 7: 105
 6:00     5.3/16:  97    2.7/ 6:  95
 6:15     5.5/16: 101    3.0/ 7: 105
 6:30     7.0/21: 128    4.1/ 9: 144

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