Broadcast News: Sorting Out Round Two On TV

(Editor’s Note: You guessed it, this segment’s back.)

Let’s do this as easily as possible, breaking it down by the countries.

American TV

It all pretty much boils down to what’s going to happen tonight between the Capitals and Habs in Washington.  If it’s Pens/Habs, Bruins/Flyers in the East, chances are NBC loves Detroit enough against an American team over its’ love of Pittsburgh and will even risk a trip out to California to televise a Red Wings/Sharks game to pair the Boston/Philly series with.  It’s only a game, so in the end it won’t matter much.

But VERSUS will have some trouble.  Both Western series feature a team incapable of showing for double headers.  I’d wager the Vancouver/Chicago series will suffer most from this.  Or they’ll show VAN/CHI and DET/SJ together and not show one of the Eastern series’ games, like they did last season when they ignored most of Boston/Carolina.

Announcers Available for VERSUS as of Now:

Mike Emrick
2. Dave Strader
3. John Forslund
4. Rick Peckham

Daryl Reaugh
2. Darren Eliot
3. Billy Jaffe
4. Joe Micheletti

Bob Harwood
2. Charissa Thompson
3. Lindsay Soto

Canadian TV

Not much of a problem for CBC if the Canadiens win.  In fact, CBC is the big winner of Round 2 if they do.  They’d get Vancouver and Montreal, and over three million viewers every night.  Hughson would probably stick with the Canucks, while Bob Cole would be moving over to a Habs/Pens series, but you never know, they may try to vary things a little bit.  The real problem for CBC is if they don’t get that series, what do you take instead?

One figures they’ll ride Sid the Kid again against the Boston Bruins, an original six, northeastern team with a lot of players Canadians are familiar with, over a Detroit/San Jose series or a Philly/Washington series.  It’d probably leave CBC with an afternoon game and some rough timeslots, but I’m sure they’d be overjoyed to continue with Crosby’s Penguins.  TSN would probably be satisfied in getting Ovechkin.  Everyone’s happy in Round 2.  I think…

9 Responses to Broadcast News: Sorting Out Round Two On TV

  1. john says:

    steve or anyone,
    you know if the iihf worlds are going to be on us tv at all?

  2. leafsfan1967 says:

    I suspect that the NHL is holding their breath and hoping that Washington defeats the Habs tonight. Not having “The Big O” to watch wouldn’t make them too happy. On the other hand the CBC must be hoping the exact opposite. A series featuring the Habs and Sidney C would be a ratings bonanza….

  3. kevin says:

    Bob Harwood is awful by the way

  4. nosferatu says:

    If the Habs win, would the league really force the Sharks and Wings to play at 11 a.m. local time on Sunday just so they could be on NBC? Or go with the ballsy (in their eyes) move of throwing a Canadian team on the teevee?

  5. Colton says:

    The NBC timeslots are not 12:00 or 1:00, they are later now.

  6. kevin says:

    There’s only two games on NBC this weekend. Nothing next weekend. It’s not a big deal. NBC will do Det/SJ and Bos/Phil if it comes to that….not to bad.

  7. leafsfan1967 says:

    Bruce Dowbiggin in the Globe and Mail has an interesting article on both this round and the next round from a Canadian TV perspective.

    Note that he states that the Vancouver-Chicago series will start on Saturday thus giving the CBC their prime slot.

  8. SonicAD says:

    The Sharks website says Wings/Sharks game 1 is Thursday at 6 Pacific/9 Eastern.

  9. Chief says:

    Wings Ratings news:


    Series-Decider Achieves 16.7 Household Rating in Metro Detroit

    FOX Sports Detroit attracted its third largest viewing audience all-time for Tuesday’s Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference Quarterfinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes.

    Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 9:00-11:45 PM telecast registered a 16.7 household rating in the Detroit metro area, an average of 315,663 homes tuned in over the course of the telecast (one rating point equals approximately 18,902 households). The telecast peaked at a 20.3 rating (383,710 households) from 10:45-11:15 as the Red Wings were on their way to a 6-1 victory to capture the best-of-seven series four games to three.

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