How The AP Irresponsibly Slagged Hockey Ratings

VERSUS is a cable network that airs hockey games.  NBC is a national broadcast station that airs hockey games.  VERSUS is in 75 Million homes, while NBC is in 110 so we as hockey fans are aware of the network’s limitations.

Games 1 & 2 of the Stanley Cup Final did a 1.8 national rating on VERSUS last year.  Game 1 of this year’s final did a 2.6/5 rating on NBC.  While it didn’t match the ratings of NBC’s Game 3-7 telecasts last year, it is to be expected as it is earlier in the series.  Besides, the NHL will take the up number and the good press that goes with it.

Or so we thought.  Until some ridiculous hack from the Associated Press wrote this:

DETROIT (AP) — Television ratings for Game 1 of the Red Wings-Penguins Stanley Cup finals rematch were down from last year’s levels.

The NBC telecast drew a 2.6 rating and a 5 share. That’s compared with a four-game NBC average of a 3.2 rating and a 6 share one year ago.


Detroit beat Pittsburgh 3-1 in Saturday night’s Game 1 and won the Cup over the Pens in six games in 2008.

The first Cup finals game on NBC last year — a Pittsburgh win in Game 3 — earned a 2.8 national rating.

The rating is the percentage watching a program among homes with televisions, and the share is the percentage tuned into the broadcast among those households with TVs on at the time.


It’s a miracle this jag-off got the score of the game right.  If you can find out his or her name.  Please comment or E-mail, because I’d like to meet the kind of mind the reports such inane, anti-hockey stuff like this please.  Should have to hand in whatever credentials the NHL has given him.  How can you be so incredibly stupid and negative is beyond me.


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