Sharks-Rangers Draws Low Numbers with No New Yorkers Watching

This year’s experiment with using certain NHL teams so much that some of their games have to blacked out in local markets has proved again to be a bit of a stumbling block for VERSUS, as that continued with last week’s Sharks/Rangers game.

The Monday night game between San Jose and New York drew just 169,000 viewers, the second-lowest for a primetime game on the network this season. There was no comparable telecast from last season. The game aired on MSG Network in the New York/Metropolitan area.

VERSUS Numbers for Monday, October 31

6:00 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Talk, 17,000
6:30 p.m. ET –
NHL Live, 45,000
7:00 p.m. ET –
San Jose vs. NY Rangers, 169,000
9:37 p.m. ET –
NHL Live, 62,000
10:00 p.m. ET –
NHL Overtime, 18,000

(Source: Son of the Bronx)

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3 Responses to Sharks-Rangers Draws Low Numbers with No New Yorkers Watching

  1. kevin says:

    Like I said…its a horrible schedule. I guess the NHL doesn’t care now that they got their money. Kinda like their expansion ponzi scheme…..

  2. Stu Dolgon says:

    Any idea how many watched on MSG?

  3. nosferatu says:

    Doesn’t help that it was played on Halloween–or started at what, 4 or 4:30 local time for San Jose fans.

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