Open Thread For Qualification Round

Belarus-Switzerland, 3PM, USA

Canada-Germany, 7:30 PM, CNBC

Czech Republic-Latvia, 10:00 PM, CNBC

Slovakia-Norway, Midnight, CNBC

Hockey Tops Wrestling, Kardashians to Win Weekly Cable Ratings

I know, right?

From the friendly chaps at TVBytheNumbers, specifically the esteemed Robert Seidman:

Hockey #1! Hockey.  Yeah, baby.  I’ll say it again, HOCKEY!  The “tremendously tremendous” (and it was) Olympic hockey match-up where the USA upset Canada on Sunday night was the week’s most-watched program on cable.    Hockey and “most-watched” rarely get into the same sentence around here.

Hockey and the post-game coverage catapulted MSNBC to the top 2 slots for the week, beating out WWE Monday Night Raw and the Keeping up With the Kardashian’s season finale.  SpongeBob absorbed nine out of the top 25, and NCIS reruns took five of the top 25 slots.

Rank Shows NET DAY( Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 W OLY PRIME MSNB Sun 07:45P-09:55P 8,221
2 W OLY PRIME POST MSNB Sun 09:55P-10:08P 6,477

Go hockey!  Or something.  Isn’t this awesome?  Hopefully we’ll all see some more hockey near the Top 10 in cable around the playoffs.  Guy can dream, right?

Next Two Days – Epic Hockey on the Networks of NBCU

VANCOUVER – February 22, 2010 – Men’s hockey continues to heat up as the elimination rounds begin on USA Network and CNBC. After wins on Sunday, Team USA and Team Russia advanced to the quarterfinal round, leaving eight teams to battle it out to keep their medal hopes alive. Live on USA Network, Switzerland takes on Belarus. CNBC will carry the remaining three elimination round games live with Canada taking on Germany, Czech Republic going up against Latvia, and Slovakia against Norway.

Cable
USA
Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Switzerland vs. Belarus (LIVE)

CNBC
5:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Canada vs. Germany (LIVE)
Czech Republic vs. Latvia (LIVE)
Slovakia vs. Norway (LIVE)

USA & CNBC HIGHLIGHTS:
Men’s Hockey: A hockey fan’s dream: LIVE coverage of the playoff round begins in four scintillating match-ups where only the winners will advance to play in the quarterfinals.

Wednesday, February 24 (DAY 13)

NBC
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

CNBC
7:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey -Quarterfinal (LIVE)
Quarterfinal (LIVE)
Quarterfinal (LIVE)

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Daytime):
Men’s Ice Hockey: Quarterfinal- LIVE coverage of the playoff round continues as Team USA has the first seed and will face the winner of Switzerland and Belarus. A spot in the semifinals is at stake – winner advances, loser is out of medal contention.

CNBC HIGHLIGHTS:
Men’s Hockey: A hockey fans’s dream: NBC Daytime has LIVE coverage of Team USA’s quarterfinal game, and CNBC has LIVE coverage of the other three.

Your Day in Verbal Hockey Awesomeness

VANCOUVER – February 22, 2010 – Daytime coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games continued today on NBC and USA Network. Live USA Network coverage included the first women’s hockey semifinal game between Team USA and Sweden.

NBC’s Jimmy Roberts reported on yesterday’s exciting men’s hockey game between Team USA and Canada.

MICHAELS AND ROBERTS ON THE USA VS. CANADA MEN’S HOCKEY GAME

ROBERTS ON USA’S RYAN KELSER’S GAME ENDING GOAL: “You know the game ended with a little bit of a touch of irony. Ryan Kesler scores that great empty net goal for the Americans. I’m sure there were some fans in the audience that were a little bit confused at the point, because, of course, during the NHL season, he’s a Vancouver Canuck. This is his home ice.”

MICHAELS ON HOCKEY FANS: “Remember when the NBA used to use the slogan, ‘We love this game.’ That is puppy love. That is a first date next to the way puckheads feel about hockey.”

USA NETWORK

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY: USA vs. SWEDEN
Bill Patrick (Host), Cammi Granato (Studio Analyst), Kenny Albert (Play-by-Play), AJ Mleczko(Analyst), Joe Micheletti (Reporter)
USA: 9 Sweden: 1

MLECZKO ON THE PRESSURE OF GETTING THE GOLD MEDAL: “It takes a while to realize that coming home with a silver medal is still something special. In women’s hockey when you’re a Canadian player or an American player gold, is what you want; anything less is a loss.”

GRANATO ON TEAM USA’S JENNY POTTER: “Jenny is a player that when she scores early in a tournament, she gets confidence, she gets rolling, she’s done that. She’s also in the best physical shape that she’s ever been in, so that’s really helping her game.”

GRANATO ON TEAM USA’S NATALIE DARWITZ: “She leads by example. She comes out of her shell every once in a while and surprises you, but on the ice she’s loud and she’s vocal. She’s got tremendous speed and great offensive power and that’s how she leads.”

MLEZCKO ON TEAM USA’S KACEY BELLAMY: “Bellamy is somebody who stays quiet. You don’t hear a lot about her, but she does so many subtle things right. She’s just always in the right place at the right time, jumps in the play, makes passes and is very strong on her feet.”

TEAM USA’S ANGELA RUGGIERO:”We’re trying to score from every position and that’s the beauty of the team, is that it’s a team effort.”

“We just know we’ve had to take one game at a time in this tournament in order to advance in the final.”

CNBC, Women’s Ice Hockey:
Canada 5 vs. Finland 0
Bill Patrick (Host), Cammi Granato (Studio Analyst), Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), AJ Mleczko (Analyst)

Mleczko on Canadian fans: “Hear this crowd supporting their team, it’s amazing. This is what Hayley Wickenheiser talks about; this crowd can be the seventh man for their team.”

Mleczko on USA and Canada in the gold medal final: “This is what hockey fans want. This is what these competitors want. And it’s going to be a fantastic match up for the gold medal game.”

Albert on Canada: “They tie an Olympic record with 46 goals here in Vancouver.”

Mleczko on the tournament: “This is what these teams battle for is this opportunity to play in a gold medal game. It’s 60 minutes of hockey to determine the success of your season; that’s a scary prospect.”

Patrick on Canada’s Agosta: “Meghan Agosta has exploded on the scene and is one of the best women’s players in the world. She leads all Olympic scorers with 12 points.”

Mleczko on Agosta: “She is so fast. She is deceptive.”

Mleczko on Canada: “There’s no question about their offensive fire power.”

Canada’s Jayna Hefford on Finland: “They are always a tough team to play against. Good goaltender and right now we are just trying to shoot as much as we can.”

“We just got to keep the energy up. We know we have a lot of speed on this team.”