We’ve Been Really Sick Lately. Also Sick? VERSUS Drawing 3.4 Million Viewers For Game 4

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 8, 2009)-VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), garnered a 2.8 national HH rating and averaged 3,448,431 viewers for its Game 4 telecast of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final on Thursday, June 4, when the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings at Mellon Arena to even the series 2-2.  The game, which peaked at a 3.4 HH rating between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m., was the highest-rated and most-watched Stanley Cup Final game on cable since 2002.  VERSUS, for the 8:00-10:45 p.m. time period, was the top-rated cable network in the country among all key male demos.  

 

VERSUS’ coverage of Game 4 was highest-rated and most-watched telecast ever in network history, beating the previous high set just two days earlier on Tuesday, June 2, for Game 3 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final (2.6 HH rating and 2,955,348 average viewers).  Compared to the average of VERSUS’ two Stanley Cup Final telecasts last year (1.9 HH rating and 2,479,977 average viewers for Games 1 & 2), the network saw 42-percent growth in HH ratings and a 30-percent increase in viewership for the two telecast average of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final (2.7 HH rating and 3,211,572 for Games 3 & 4).    

 

Locally, VERSUS garnered a 14.7 HH rating in Detroit and a 27.5 HH rating in Pittsburgh, making VERSUS the top-rated network (broadcast and cable) for the time period in both markets.  VERSUS was also a top 5 cable network for the time period in New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC and Philadelphia, among others.        

 

VERSUS concluded its coverage of the 2008/09 NHL season with tremendous gains in ratings and viewership as compared to the 2007/08 season.  The network saw 27-percent growth in viewership for the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs overall after garnering more than 20-percent viewership growth during the regular season.  The 2009 Conference Finals were the highest-rated third round on cable since 1998, with HH ratings up 25 percent and average viewership up 30 percent from 2008, while the Conference Semifinals were the highest-rated second round on cable since 1997.

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BUT THIS AIN’T SEAWORLD…

Hey, it’s been a while babes. But let’s look at what the NHL Shop has been up to. They are totally on vacation and phoning this all in. Watching I’m On a Boat, apparently. So get your towels out.

I GOT MY….

squint and you can see the logo

squint and you can see the logo

AND MY…

yo where is T Pain?

yo where is T Pain?

The NHL store does not sell mermaids at this time. But really, it will happen sooner or later. And then I will complain about how skanky they look and that they are bad for women and the NHL needs to join this time period. But for now I will go on about these fratastic swim trunks and flippy floppies that are best paired with sixers of Corona, bad tans and wraparound sunglasses. I’m actually surprised there aren’t pink ruffle glitter bikinis with a logo as a pastie and then one on the bottoms covering the hot pocket and retailing for 75 dollars.

This post is a gif o rama and I think that’s what really makes it. Here’s moreeeee;

flippy floppies. duh.

flippy floppies. duh.

I’ll be here tomorrow. With more animated gifs? It’s very likely…