USA-Switzerland Semifinal Draws Nearly 6 Million in Daytime

Team USA may be headed for the Gold Medal game, and that has lead them on to the podium ratings-wise.

NBC Sports passed along to us that daytime coverage, live on the east coast and tape delayed on the west coast, of Team USA’s quarterfinal matchup with Switzerland drew 5.9 million viewers from 3-5PM.  This is a tick above NBC’s usual daytime Olympic average of 5.8 million, and extremely impressive for a hockey game that only aired live to half of the nation.

This comes off the heels of MSNBC drawing 8.2 million for the Team USA round robin game vs. Canada.  It makes one wonder how many viewers a rematch might draw on Sunday.

And So It’s The End of the Week And…

I’m taking next week mostly off.

Now, let me make myself clear.  Monday and Tuesday, Puck the Media is the place to find out the ratings for the Gold Medal Game.  But after that… it’s open threads and guest posts for the rest of the week.

Thank you for reading and commenting.  The Olympics have been the most successful two-week period in Puck the Media history.  As the desire of the fans to see hockey goes up, so does the desire to see what dumb things the broadcasters are doing.  I appreciate you all so much.

See ya.

Puck the Media upcoming schedule

Mar. 1 – 5: Light posting Monday/Tuesday, Wednesday-Friday off
Mar. 8-12: Full Week
Mar. 15-19: Full Week
Mar. 22-26: Full Week
Mar. 29-Apr. 2: Full Week
Apr. 5-9: Week Off
Apr. 12-June 21: On Every Day

Not Too Many More of These, NBC Universal Hockey Schedule For the Next Two Days

VANCOUVER – February 25, 2010 –

The men’s ice hockey semifinal round heats up as Team USA takes on Finland live on NBC and on NBCOlympics.com. The second semifinal game is live on CNBC and NBCOlympics.com between Team Canada and Slovakia.

Friday, February 26 (DAY 15)

NBC
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey – Semifinal: USA vs. Finland (LIVE)

CNBC
6:00 p.m. – Midnight
Men’s Ice Hockey – Semifinal: Canada vs. Slovakia (LIVE)

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Daytime):
Men’s Ice Hockey: Semifinal- One team that will play for men’s hockey gold will be determined LIVE with coverage of the men’s semifinal round between Team USA and Finland. The winner of this game is only one win away from the coveted gold.

CNBC HIGHLIGHTS:
Men’s Ice Hockey: LIVE coverage of the second men’s ice hockey semifinal between Team Canada and Slovakia, with a berth in the Gold Medal Final at stake.

Saturday, February 27 (DAY 16)

MSNBC
10:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey -Bronze Medal Game (LIVE)

CABLE HIGHLIGHTS:
Men’s Ice Hockey: The men’s ice hockey bronze medal game is LIVE on MSNBC.

Quotes From Women’s Gold and Bronze

MSNBC included live coverage of the women’s ice hockey bronze medal game between Finland and Sweden.

MSNBC
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY BRONZE MEDAL GAME: SWEDEN VS. FINLAND
Bill Patrick (Host), Cammi Granato (Studio Analyst), Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), AJ Mleczko (Analyst), Joe Micheletti (Reporter)
Finland: 3 Sweden: 2

GRANATO ON FINLAND WINNING GOLD: “First Olympic medal for Team Finland in 12 years!”

“These two teams are used to playing against each other. A lot of times it’s been Sweden on top. This time its Finland’s turn.”

GRANATO ON THE GAME: “For those of us that are fans of women’s hockey, this is what we wanted to see. We wanted to see a hard fought battle. We wanted to see an emotional battle. We saw some physical play. That’s what you want, a 3-2 overtime final for an Olympic medal. That’s amazing hockey.”

ALBERT ON THE GAME: “It’s no surprise that these teams are playing for the bronze. If you asked any follower of women’s hockey prior to the Olympics, you would have expected U.S. and Canada in the gold medal game, despite the upset by Sweden in 2006, and Sweden and Finland playing for the bronze.”

MLECZKO ON SWEDEN, FINLAND RIVALRY: “People talk about the rivalry between the USA and Canada, but this one is forgotten. Finland and Sweden play each other a lot through the years. With their geography, they are very close to each other. They are often battling for a bronze medal and you can see the physical nature and the intensity.”

GRANATO ON FINLAND’S MICHELLE KARVINEN: “Karvinen is showing why she’s one of the most exciting prospects for Finland these days. She’s young, she’s 19 years old. But she’s showing tonight why she’s been so good for them.”

On MSNBC, the host nation Canada defeated the US – the reigning world champions – in the highly anticipated women’s hockey gold medal game by a score of 2-0. It was Canada’s third consecutive Olympic gold. The medal ceremony and Canadian national anthem aired in primetime on NBC.

MSNBC, Women’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal Game:
Canada 2 vs. United States 0
Bill Patrick (Host), Cammi Granato (Studio Analyst), Mike Emrick (Play-By-Play), AJ Mleczko (Analyst), Pierre McGuire (Analyst), Joe Micheletti (Reporter)

Patrick: “What we saw today was really unique. Before today, no women’s hockey team had ever won Olympic gold on home ice.”

“The party has just begun here at Canada hockey place.”

Patrick on Canada: “Their 15th straight Olympic victory. Their third straight gold medal.”

Granato on Canada: “They have the crowd here supporting them. It can’t be more special.”

“They had a flawless game.”

Mleczko: “It was a battle as expected.”

Emrick on Canada: “What a wonderful feeling it is for them, to not only win, but to win at home.”

McGuire on Canada’s Szabados: “She is the most consistent goaltender Canada has right now.”

Patrick: “The Canadian team has this building behind it and that’s a big factor.”

Canada’s Gillian Apps on playing well under pressure: “It is something that we have worked on all year just making sure that we have a strong, solid penalty kill. Our defense and our goalie are playing great, so it’s a huge help.”

Mleczko on USA and Canada: “These two teams are ‘it’ in terms of rivalries.”

Granato: “This is four years of work coming down to one game.”

McGuire on USA and Canada: “A lot of tension on both benches.”

Granato on USA: “They’re the most together I have seen a team since the 1998 team.”

Granato On USA Head Coach Mark Johnson: “They absolutely love playing for him. This guy is so well decorated. He was the leading scorer of the 1980 Olympic team that won the gold medal. His father was a legendary coach. He just has loads of experience. He has won three NCAA championships with Wisconsin. He knows how to win. He knows how to coach and they follow him.”

Granato: “For the U.S., you can sense the disappointment. You can see the disappointment. Lots of tears. I have been there. I know what that feels like. In time, they will come to appreciate the silver medal. It is hard for them right now, but they will.”

USA’s Natalie Darwitz on the game: “We played hard, but we just didn’t execute.”

“We have a young team and at times I feel we played that way.”