Local Ratings For Red Wings/Blackhawks in Detroit a Tad Soft

From Sports Media Watch via Pifeedback.com:

NBC’s Red Wings/Blackhawks game drew a 5.9 in Detroit (peaked with an 8.4) and a 5.3 in Chicago (peaked with a 6.5).

This seems sort of low, right?  For Detroit, at least.  The ratings in Chicago topple any rating on Comcast Sportsnet or WGN this season, or either of the network’s records for Hawks telecasts.  Also, the January 31st telecast against the Pittsburgh Penguins drew a 7.8 in Detroit.  Ratings in the market for the January 17th game vs. the Hawks are unavailable.  I know there was a Michigan/Michigan St. game later in the day, but the two would not have been competing.  So what happened here?


Weekend CBC Audiences

From William Houston:

Hockey Night in Canada pre-game, Saturday, CBC, 793,000.

Toronto Maple Leafs-Ottawa Senators, Saturday, CBC, 1.812 million.

Montreal Canadiens-Los Angeles Kings, Saturday, CBC, 793,000.

VERSUS Charges Cable Companies $4 less than ESPN, and is Even Cheaper Than NHL Net

From The Consumerist:

After the spat between Cablevision and Disney invaded the Oscar telecast last Sunday, the fees channels charge cable companies (who then pass them along to you) have come into the spotlight. All Things Digital posted a list from industry analyst SNL Kagan that shows the wholesale prices each channel charges cable companies for their product.

The list is making the rounds as fodder for a la carte cable activists. It makes it very apparent how much of your bill goes to sports programming — which tends to irritate people who hate sports. Alternatively, you can study the list and count how many stupid makeover shows you are unwillingly paying for.

However, I happen to love sports, and I imagine anyone reading this blog does.  Look, I’m not going to play Comcast schill here, but it seems like VERSUS is a good buy compared to some networks as far as the expense to the customers goes.  Even if they are looking for a slight increase – which again and again, they’ve claimed to not be doing – it’s still likely a decent deal.  The fact that VERSUS charges less than NHL Network shocked me, but that could have more to do with NHL Net being on a different cable tier.

What’s everyone here’s thoughts about this?  Big tap of the helmet to Buddy Oakes for sending this over.

Morning Music Breakdown

Good morning all.  Today I’ve got something you may find interesting on VERSUS and cable fees and all that good stuff.  That plus some more ratings stuff.

You’ll be fine, enjoy the day.