10 Most-Watched Games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on VERSUS So Far

Not including joined in progress games, but now that we’ve got numbers from seven nights, time to start keeping the lists.

1. Vancouver vs. Chicago, Game 3 (4/17/11) – 689,000 viewers
2. Montreal vs. Boston, Game 2 (4/16/11) – 661,000 viewers
3. Vancouver vs. Chicago, Game 4 (4/19/11) – 621,000 viewers
4. NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 2 (4/15/11) – 606,000 viewers
5. Philadelphia vs. Buffalo, Game 3 (4/18/11) – 572,000 viewers
6. Chicago vs. Vancouver, Game 2 (4/15/11) – 562,000 viewers
7. Chicago vs. Vancouver, Game 1 (4/13/11) – 540,000 viewers
8. Montreal vs. Boston, Game 1 (4/14/11) – 510,000 viewers
9. Phoenix vs. Detroit, Game 1 (4/13/11) – 484,000 viewers
10. Los Angeles vs. San Jose, Game 2 (4/16/11) – 457,000 viewers

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7 Responses to 10 Most-Watched Games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on VERSUS So Far

  1. Chris S says:

    Wait, I thought Canadian teams were supposed a kiss of death in American ratings? How can this be??

  2. Spiderpig says:

    Maybe Versus should have gone to Vancouver for game five instead of picking up the Sharks/Kings game. Or at least stream the CBC feed.

    • Wade says:

      They don’t have to pay right fees (at least I believe they don’t) when they show a CSN feed (California, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago), so it makes sense for them to use these feeds when they are not doing an original broadcast of the game. Versus is owned by Comcast, as we all know, so why pay CBC for the rights when you get the product for free from the local CSN affiliate?

    • nosferatu says:

      Hmm. Versus aired Game 5 of the Vancouver/Chicago series instead of the Sharks/Kings Game 4, so I’m not sure what your complaint is here.

  3. Trent says:

    Another interesting factoid, 4 of the 10 games had starts of 10:00PM ET or later combine that with blackouts in those Pacific time zone markets itself and it is remarkable.

  4. Branden says:

    And in the Boston market the game was a blackout as well.

    Im impressed with the VAN-CHI, MTL-BOS ratings but not really with the other games.

    Werent the ratings supposed to surpass 800,000 for this year?

  5. Branden says:

    Hopefully we will have over 1,000,000 viewers in the next few years when Versus is available to more homes and with the advertising campaign!

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