NHL Network Featured Schedule Next Week

Monday, Nov. 2
Steve Yzerman Jersey Retirement Ceremony
8:00 NHL On the Fly

Tuesday, Nov. 3
Top 10 Goaltending Performances of the 2005-06 Season
6:30 Frozen in Time: Wayne Gretzky Trade
7:00 Luc Robitaille Jersey Retirement Ceremony
8:00 NHL On the Fly

Wednesday, Nov. 4
Top 10 Shootout Goals and Saves of the 2005-06 Season
6:30 Frozen in Time: Patrick Roy Trade
7:00 LIVE: San Jose vs. Columbus
9:30 NHL On the Fly

Thursday, Nov. 5
Top 10 Offensive Performances of the 2006 Playoffs
6:30 Off the Ice: Kane & Toews
7:00 Brett Hull Jersey Retirement Ceremony
8:00 NHL On the Fly
10:00 LIVE: Nashville vs. Anaheim
12:30 NHL On the Fly

Friday, Nov. 6
Top 10 Goaltending Performances of the 2006 Playoffs
6:30 2009 NHL Draft All-Access: Matt Duchene
7:00 EA Sports: The Making of NHL 10
7:30 LIVE NCAA Hockey: Miami (OH) vs. Michigan
10:00 NHL On the Fly

Saturday, Nov. 7
HNIC Pre-Game
7:00 LIVE: Detroit vs. Toronto
9:30 NHL On the Fly

Sunday, Nov. 8
NHL On the Fly


End of the Week Hockey Night in Canada Announcers and Open Thread

Atlanta vs. Ottawa, 2PM, CBC Full Network
Play by Play:
Dean Brown
Color: Gary Galley
Reporter: Cassie Campbell

Toronto vs. Montreal, 7PM, CBC Full Network/NHL Network US
Play by Play:
Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Reporter: Elliotte Friedman

Detroit vs. Calgary, 10PM, CBC Full Network
Play by Play:
Mark Lee
Color: Kevin Weekes
Reporter: Scott Oake

Game-by-Game VERSUS Viewership

October 1st
Washington vs. Boston 501,000 viewers
10:00 San Jose vs. Colorado 332,000 viewers

October 2nd
Florida vs. Chicago 100,000 viewers
3:00 St. Louis vs. Detroit 278,000 viewers

October 5th
NY Rangers vs. New Jersey 269,000 viewers

October 6th
Washington vs. Philadelphia 405,000 viewers

October 12th
Calgary vs. Chicago 177,000 viewers

October 13th
Detroit vs. Buffalo 467,000 viewers

October 19th
San Jose vs. NY Rangers 195,000 viewers

October 20th
St. Louis vs. Pittsburgh 362,000 viewers

October 26th
Minnesota vs. Chicago N/A

October 27th
Philadelphia vs. Washington 477,000 viewers

Source: Sports Business Daily

Hoedown Fridays

VERSUS Record Ratings Don’t Translate Into Record Viewers

From NHL super-agent Allan Walsh on Twitter:

VERSUS earned an 0.6 cable rating and 477,000 viewers for Flyers-Caps game on Tues night, the net’s highest-rated NHL reg season gm ever.”

This does not beat the 501,000 viewers Caps-Bruins drew.  However, it is #2 this season, and the 3rd game VERSUS has done to do an 0.5 or better.

We don’t have the ratings yet for Wild-Blackhawks on Monday or the games from last week (working on it) but after the jump, check out our updated VERSUS game-by-game ratings this season.

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A Note

We’ll admit, we completely lost track on doing our NHL on cable feature this week.  The 4-part series will debut on Monday.  Apologies to anyone looking forward to it.

By the way, if you want to contribute to our mailbag, contact me at SMLepore@comcast.net

80’s Thursday

VERSUS Sets Regular Season Ratings Record With Flyers-Caps

Wyshynski Beats Us on This One:

Just in from Versus: Last night’s Philadelphia Flyers/Washington Capitals game set a new regular-season ratings record for the network’s NHL coverage: a 0.6 national rating.

That’s up from the 0.5 the Capitals and Boston Bruins did on opening night.

We agree with Wyshynski’s sentiment that the Caps are consistently proving themselves worthy of a Winter Classic this year.  Let’s do Flyers-Caps another 10 times this year!

CBC’s NHL Ratings So Far This Season

Thursday, Oct. 1
7:00 Montreal vs. Toronto 2.542 Million
10:00 Vancouver vs. Calgary 1.371 Million
Average: 1,956,500 Viewers

Saturday, Oct. 3
6:30 HNIC Pre-Game 628,000
7:00 TOR vs. WSH OR MTL vs. BUF OR OTT vs. NYR 1.74 Million
10:00 Calgary vs. Edmonton 1.153 Million
Game Average: 1,446,500 Viewers

Saturday, Oct. 10
6:30 HNIC Pre-Game 447,000
7:00 Pittsburgh vs. Toronto 1.686 Million
10:00 Montreal vs. Edmonton 1.004 Million
Game Average: 1,345,000 Viewers

Saturday, Oct. 17
6:30 HNIC Pre-Game N/A
7:00 NYR vs. TOR OR OTT vs. MTL 1.718 Million
10:00 Minnesota vs. Vancouver 986,000
Game Average: 1,352,000 Viewers

Saturday, Oct. 24
6:30 HNIC Pre-Game 507,000 Viewers
7:00 TOR vs. VAN OR BOS vs. OTT OR NYR vs. MTL 2.306 Million
10:00 Edmonton vs. Calgary 1.119 Million
Game Average: 1,712,500 Viewers

Saturday, Oct. 31
6:30 HNIC Pre-Game 781,000 Viewers
7:00 Toronto vs. Montreal 2.453 Million
10:00 Detroit vs. Calgary 809,000 Viewers
12:30 After Hours 222,000 Viewers
Game Average: 1.631 Million

Saturday, Nov. 7
6:30 HNIC Pre-Game 1.014 Million
7:00 DET vs. TOR OR NJ vs. OTT OR TB vs. MTL 1.964 Million
10:00 NY Rangers vs. Calgary 877,000 Viewers
Game Average: 1,420,500 Viewers

Saturday, Nov. 14
2:00 NYR vs. OTT 579,000 Viewers
6:30 HNIC Pre-Game 632,000 viewers
7:00 Calgary vs. Toronto 1.808 Million
10:00 Vancouver vs. Colorado 876,000 Viewers
Game Average (Primetime): 1.342 Million

Saturday, Nov. 21
6:30 HNIC Pre-Game 657,000 viewers
7:00 DET vs. MTL OR WSH vs. TOR OR BUF vs. OTT 2.101 Million
10:00 Chicago vs. Edmonton 725,000 viewers
Game Average: 1.413 Million

Saturday, Nov. 28
6:30 HNIC Pre-Game 644,000 viewers
7:00 WSH vs. MTL OR OTT vs. BOS OR CGY vs. CLB 1.783 Million
10:00 Vancouver vs. Edmonton 1.202 Million
Game Average: 1,492,500 Viewers


Through 8 Weeks and 9 telecasts:

7PM Game Average: 2,233,444 Viewers
10PM Game Average: 1,124,666 Viewers
HNIC Season-to-Date Average: 1,679,055 Viewers

Why Do The NBA and NHL Have Such Corresponding Opening Nights This Year?

Just a quick observation…

Last night, there was basketball on TNT.  We didn’t watch, because we’re not basketball fans, but look at the matchups they got for opening night.  Two playoff teams, including a superstar’s opening game, and a budding Eastern Conference powerhouse to start off.  And for the second game, a boring ceremony to raise a banner in a game between one team that was supposed to be great and one that was supposed to be awful.

Just sayin’.  Fans of NHL and NBA, who had the better opening night?