Your Announcers and Open Thread For Night 21 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Pittsburgh vs. Montreal, Game 3 (Series Tied 1-1), 7:00 PM ET

National TV (Canada): CBC (HD)
Play by Play: Bob Cole
Color: Gary Galley
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Elliot Friedman

National TV (US): VERSUS (HD, will be seen on VERSUS in Pittsburgh)
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Darren Eliot
Reporter: Charissa Thompson

San Jose vs. Detroit, Game 3 (SJ Leads 2-0), 7:30 PM ET

National TV (Canada): TSN (HD)
Play by Play: Chris Cuthbert
Inside the Glass: Ray Ferraro

Regional TV (San Jose): CSN California (HD)
Play by Play: Randy Hahn
Color: Drew Remenda
Reporter: Brodie Brazil

Regional TV (Detroit): FS Detroit (HD)
Play by Play: Ken Daniels
Color: Mickey Redmond
Reporter: Trevor Thompson

More Good NHL Ratings News as San Jose-Detroit Game 2 is Most-Watch Round 2 Game in a Decade

NEW YORK (May 4, 2010) – After generating substantial growth across all TV partners for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, VERSUS and NBC Sports continued to see strong increases for the start of the Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals.

Through four days of the Conference Semis, VERSUS’ average viewership is up 91% over the same time period last year (1.314 million vs 689,000).  The network has also seen substantial viewership increases among all key male demos: Men 18-34 (up 78%), Men 18-49 (up 69%) and Men 25-54 (up 76%).  

This second-round success is highlighted by Sunday’s Game 2 of the Detroit/San Jose series, which averaged 1.772 million viewers — making it VERSUS’ most-watched Conference Semifinal game in network history and the most-watched second-round game on cable in a decade (Colorado/Detroit, May 1, 2000 on ESPN, 1.926 million).

         Both games on NBC Sports this past weekend registered 1.6 overnight ratings, resulting in the best second-round weekend ever on NBC (coverage began for the 2005-06 season). It was the first time a second-round on NBC featured two games with at least a 1.6 overnight rating.

COMBINED U.S. VIEWERSHIP HIGHEST IN A DECADE FOR FIRST ROUND
Combined NBC and VERSUS averaged 742,000 viewers per telecast, the most for the first round since ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 averaged 750,000 viewers in 2000 and a 24-percent increase over last year.

VERSUS EARNED BEST NHL POSTSEASON START ON CABLE IN 9 YEARS
VERSUS’ first-round coverage averaged a .7 HH rating and 595,000 viewers, making it the highest-rated and most-watched first round on cable since 2001.  The HH rating and average viewership was up 75 percent and 35 percent, respectively, as compared to last year’s Conference Quarterfinals, leading to VERSUS its most-watched April primetime in network history.

NHL ON NBC VIEWERSHIP UP 18% FOR FIRST ROUND
Viewership for NBC Sports’ four Conference Quarterfinal broadcasts (1.72 million viewers) was up 18 percent compared to 2009 (1.46 million) and the highest since 2006.

DIGITAL STRATEGY PAYS DIVIDENDS
The NHL is engaging and connecting with more fans than ever on its digital platforms and the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs has continued that trend. Some highlights:
·        April finished as the most-trafficked month in NHL.com history with more than 17 million unique visitors
·        Video starts on NHL.com are up 148 percent over last year.
·        Unique visitors to NHL.com have increased by 35 percent
·        Page views on NHL.com are up 54 percent
·        Mobile page views are up 203 percent

Red Wings/Sharks Game 2 Puts Hockey in Baseball’s Ballpark

From John Ourand of SBD on Twitter:

Top national hockey telecast was Sun’s Sharks-Red Wings on Versus. It placed 310th on cable last week, with 1.2M homes.

Top MLB game on cable: ESPN’s Sun night Mets-Phils was 118th with 1.969M homes.

Obviously, Mets-Phillies is no Yankees-Red Sox, but the fact that hockey is competing with what is likely the National League’s most focused-upon rivalry is good news.  This follows NHL on NBC action coming close to Mets-Phils-led regional coverage on FOX Saturday.



IIHF World Championships Commercial is Pretty Great

Thanks to Bangin’ Panger for this:

Ratings Notes: Pens/Caps Lead Top 10 Round 1 Games, NHL Competes With Busy Weekend

Just a couple of notes to discuss on this early Tuesday morning.

First of all, here are the Top 10 games in terms of viewers from the first round.  Most figures according to pifeedback.com (NOTE: The numbers for Detroit-Phoenix, Game 7, are unavailable at this time).  Interesting to note that 7 of the top 8 games feature either the Penguins or Capitals:

  1. Washington vs. Montreal, Game 7 – 1.15 million viewers
  2. Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa, Game 6 – 788,000 viewers
  3. Ottawa vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 – 739,000 viewers
  4. Montreal vs. Washington, Game 2 – 731,000 viewers
  5. Washington vs. Montreal, Game 6 – 705,000 viewers
  6. Ottawa vs. Pittsburgh, Game 2 – 681,000 viewers
  7. Chicago vs. Nashville, Game 6 – 681,000 viewers
  8. Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa, Game 3 – 662,000 viewers
  9. Buffalo vs. Boston, Game 4 – 642,000 viewers
  10. Detroit vs. Phoenix, Game 5 – 624,000 viewers

On another note, check out NHL action dealt with competition for sports viewership on Saturday and Sunday, according to to SportsBusinessDaily (reg. required):

SATURDAY:

  1. NBC – Kentucky Derby: Race Segment (6-7PM) – 10.3
  2. NBC – Kentucky Derby: Pre-race (5-6PM): 6.2
  3. NBC – Kentucky Derby: Pre-race (4-5PM): 3.4
  4. FOX – NASCAR Sprint Cup (7-11PM): 3.4
  5. FOX – MLB (regional action, 4-7PM): 1.8
  6. NBC – NHL Eastern Conf. Semifinals (12:30-3:45PM): 1.6
  7. CBS – PGA Tour 3rd Round (3-6PM): 1.5
  8. ABC – Izod IndyCar Series (1:30-4PM): 0.8
  9. ABC – ESPN Sports Saturday (4-6PM): 0.7
  10. CBS – Women’s Golf (2-3PM): 0.4
  11. CBS – NCAA Winter Highlights Show (1-2PM): 0.3

SUNDAY:

  1. ABC – NBA Western Conf. Semifinals (3:30-6PM): 4.7
  2. CBS – PGA Tour Final Round (3-6PM): 2.8
  3. ABC – NBA Eastern Conf. Quarters (1-3:30PM): 2.7
  4. NBC – NHL Eastern Conf. Semifinals (2-5PM): 1.6
  5. ABC – NBA Countdown (12:30-1PM): 1.3
  6. NBC – Nat’l Heads Up Poker Championship (12-2PM): 1.2
  7. NBC – World of Adventure Sports (5-6PM): 1.0
  8. CBS – AMA Supercross (12-1PM): 0.8
  9. CBS – Women’s Golf (2-3PM): 0.8
  10. CBS – Golf Special (1-2PM): 0.6

So we’re not up there with MLB and NBA yet, but we’re growing and moving up the charts.  It’s good news.

Morning Music Breakdown

Good morning.  I have some good NBC/VERSUS factoids today and then… I don’t know, I’ll find something.  We’ll all find something.

Have a good day.  Go see Coney Island: