NHL Telecasts up 19% on VERSUS Through 3 Weeks

From Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily (reg. required):

Versus is averaging 313,000 viewers through its first eight NHL game telecasts this season, up 18.6% from 264,000 viewers through the first eight games last year. This season’s telecasts on the net began with two primetime games in the U.S. on October 1 which averaged 417,000 viewers. Last year’s season began with two Sunday afternoon telecasts of games being held in Europe, which averaged 112,000 viewers. This year’s Europe games were played on a Friday afternoon (October 2), averaging 189,000 viewers. The Capitals-Bruins season-opening telecast averaged 501,000 viewers. For the ’08-09 season, only three telecasts on Versus topped a half-million viewers.

After the jump, we’ll rank the VERSUS telecasts by viewers, again courtesy of SBD.

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Be More Canadian, Canadians

From Truth & Rumours:

NHL Network in Canada is now posting a profit of $4-million a year, according to sources, putting it at the top of digital sports networks.

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