VERSUS Ratings This Season Continue to Fluctuate

VERSUS’ broadcast of Pittsburgh-Boston drew 408,000 viewers last Tuesday, the network’s fourth highest-rated NHL broadcast of the season.  Monday night’s Los Angeles-Chicago telecast drew only 197,000 viewers, the channel’s third-lowest of the year.  Chicago has now been featured in VERSUS’ three lowest-rated games of the season.

Thanks to John Ourand for these numbers.  Unavailable are the numbers for the October Minnesota-Chicago game, if anyone can help us out, send an e-mail my way:

1. Washington vs. Boston (10/1/09)  501,000 viewers

2. Philadelphia vs. Washington (10/27/09)  477,000 viewers

3. Detroit vs. Buffalo (10/13/09)  467,000 viewers

4. Pittsburgh vs. Boston (11/9/09) 408,000 viewers

5. Washington vs. Philadelphia (10/6/09) 405,000 viewers

6. San Jose vs. Colorado (10/1/09) 332,000 viewers

7. St. Louis vs. Detroit (10/2/09) 278,000 viewers

8. NY Rangers vs. New Jersey (10/5/09) 269,000 viewers

9. Los Angeles vs. Chicago (10/10/09) 197,000 viewers

10. Calgary vs. Chicago (10/12/09) 177,000 viewers

11. Florida vs. Chicago (10/2/09) 100,000 viewers


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6 Responses to VERSUS Ratings This Season Continue to Fluctuate

  1. john says:

    seeing as how they play on comcast sports net, i’m assuming that comcast is a big player in chicago and that vs is readily availible? I think vs should start doing doubleheaders and combine the rating for both games.

  2. colton says:

    I’ve read that Versus is available to most people in Chicago. More people have Comcast sportsnet than Versus there.

  3. colton says:

    colton :I’ve read that Versus is available to most people in Chicago. More people have Comcast sportsnet than Versus there.

    I meant to say “Versus is NOT available”

  4. Richard says:


    I used to live in Buffalo and have seen ratings in the Buffalo News that indicate that for any playoff game not involving the Sabres. Buffalo was always either number three or number four in television viewing. Especially for the Stanley Cup the ratings were always high on NBC or Versus even with competition from the CBC on Channel 5. That is why I am surprised that they do not show more Sabres games. If you need verification on this you can check with Alan Pergament from the Buffalo News


  5. Eric says:

    Big difference: Kings/Hawks aired against Monday Night Football which drew a huge audience for Steelers/Broncos.

    An ESPN press release tells the story:
    Last night, ESPN’s Monday Night Football game the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 28-10 road victory over the Denver Broncos earned an 11.5 rating, representing an average of 11,358,000 households (16,002,000 viewers P2+). As it has each week this season, MNF led all the night’s programs (broadcast or cable) in all key male demos and people 18-34, and it is the second most-viewed program on cable television in 2009, surpassed only by the MNF telecast of October 5 (Green Bay at Minnesota). In cable history, it is the fifth most-viewed telecast of all time, based on the average of 11,358,000 homes (excludes breaking news).

    The Hawks’ October 12 game also aired against MNF, while their October 3 game was played at noon ET, on a weekday.

    The Hawks’ opponets haven’t really helped ratings either as the Panthers and Kings are not widely followed and the Flames generate no local viewers in the US (which is why Versus rarely shows Canadian teams to begin with).

  6. nash says:

    This is why they don’t show Western teams on NBC. Can you people figure that out now! And please tell me where are the N.J. fans? No one watches and no one goes to the games. The state of N.J. is a joke

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