Notable NHL Network Programming Next Week

Monday, Oct. 19
Frozen in Time: Joe Thornton 2005-06
7:00 EA Sports: The Making of NHL ’10
7:30 Off the Ice: Zdeno Chara, Evgeni Malkin, Cody Hodgson, PK Subban
8:00 On the Fly

Tuesday, Oct. 20
Frozen in Time: Denis Savard
7:00 A Day That Changed the Game – Oct. 11, 1972
8:00 On the Fly

Wednesday, Oct. 21
Frozen in Time: Bobby Orr
7:00 1976 Stanley Cup Film
7:30 Off the Ice: Scott Gomez, Marian Gaborik, Matt Duchene
8:00 On the Fly
8:30 LIVE: Canucks vs. Blackhawks
11:00 On the Fly

Thursday, Oct. 22
Frozen in Time: Wayne Gretzky’s Last Game
7:00 LIVE: Bruins vs. Flyers
9:30 On the Fly

Friday, Oct. 23
Frozen in Time: Darryl Sittler
7:00 Sid and Stanley: Bringing the Cup Home
7:30 Bud Light’s Backstage in Sweden with the Blues
8:00 On the Fly

Saturday, Oct. 24
HNIC Pre-Game
7:00 LIVE: Maple Leafs vs. Canucks
9:30 On the Fly


Hawks Are Next on the Record Ratings Line

Chicago, IL (October 15, 2009) – Comcast SportsNet, the television and online home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the NHL Western Conference/Central Division first place Chicago Blackhawks, delivered its highest Blackhawks regular season ratings ever last night (Wed, October 14) — a 2.70 household rating for its live coverage of the Blackhawks home ice battle against the Edmonton Oilers.
For last night’s third-straight home ice victory by the Blackhawks, Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 94,300 households for the entire game and posted a 3.3 peak rating during the 8:00 PM quarter-hour (over 115,260 households).  The 2.70 single game regular season ratings record on Comcast SportsNet is the regional sports network’s highest Blackhawks regular season game rating since March 27, 2009, when the Blackhawks hosted the New Jersey Devils (2.13 household rating).  Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research overnights.
Comcast SportsNet was also the #1-highest rated television network in the Chicago market last night in the demos of Men 18-49 & Men 25-54 for the entire length of the game (7:30-10:00 PM).  Comcast SportsNet was also #2 overall in the market in the key advertiser demo of Adults 25-54 from 9:00-10:00 PM.
So far this season, the Blackhawks on Comcast SportsNet are currently averaging a 1.55 household rating, a year-to-date increase of 63% compared to last season through five game telecasts.  In addition, Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live ratings are up 34%, while Smirnoff Vodka Blackhawks Post Game Live ratings have increased 331%.  Comcast SportsNet’s next Blackhawks telecast airs tonight, October 15, as the Blackhawks visit the division rival Nashville Predators (coverage begins at 7:00 PM).  Viewers can also visit for the very latest Blackhawks news, game previews/recaps, blogs, videos and much more.

Sharks Increase Ratings on Move to New Network

We wrote about this initially in January this year.  The San Jose Sharks have switched TV affiliations from CSN Bay Area to sister network CSN California.  The results have apparently been good.  So good, in fact, that they’re using the numbers to compare to bad MLB TV ratings.  Here’s the report in Sports Business Journal:

But CSN executives dismissed suggestions that the move hurt ratings, pointing to the NHL Sharks’ ratings through their first two games this year, which are more than double last year’s pace for the first two games (1.4/36,000 homes vs. 0.6/15,000 homes).

Good to hear that the news is good for the Sharks, as it’s surprising a team like that’s regular season games haven’t drawn that well until now.

Morning Monty Python Breakdown