Broadcast Notes: Some More Great Ratings for the Stanley Cup Playoffs Locally

  • The Game 1 broadcast of Ducks-Sharks on CSN Bay Area drew a 4.2 rating locally, which according to the network, was the highest-rated Game 1 in network history, and the third highest-rated Sharks telecast in network history.
  • The Blues drew a 7.6 rating locally for Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal vs. Vancouver.  According to FS Midwest reporter Dan McLaughlin (appearing on St. Louis radio), the game was FSN’s highest-rated Blues telecast since 2001 vs. Dallas.
  • The Blue Jackets first-ever playoff game, not surprisingly, drew record ratings in Columbus.  The 5.7 in the market is the highest-rated CBJ broadcast ever on cable.
  • Finally, not a ratings story, but FS Prime Ticket has had to cut back on HD productions for the Ducks’ playoff series against the Sharks due to overwhelming costs in the economy, according to Al Balderas of the OC Register’s Ducks Blog.  
  • A similar story had developed regarding a lack of HDTV coverage by the CBC on Vancouver’s Game 3, 4 and 6 telecasts in St. Louis.  Due to costs, CBC was not scheduled to broadcast in HD for those games, but a local sponsor has put up the money to cover it.  Save-on Foods, a grocer, is providing all three HD telecasts.
  • UPDATE 12:46 PM ET: We have another ratings winner in Philly, where the Flyers Game 1 broadcast vs. Pittsburgh on Comcast Sportsnet drew a 4.5, according to Multichannel News.

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