VERSUS Scores Big in Chicago For Game 2

Lower than Game #1, but bigger than any CSN rating ever.  From Phil Rosenthal:

Chicago Blackhawks fans found Versus even more easily than their team found the net in their Game 2 4-2 Western Conference finals victory over the San Jose Sharks late Tuesday, giving the Hawks their highest cable ratings to the postseason.

The 10.93 household rating in the Chicago market (which translates to more than 382,000 area homes) eclipses the Hawks’ Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s all-time high, a 10.14 household rating (or a hair under 323,000 homes) two weeks earlier for Game 3 of the Western semifinals against Vancouver.

It represents a steady rise for Versus, which has increased its Chicago-area distribution and, like the Blackhawks, built its following since a year ago, when Rocky Wirtz, the team chairman, scoffed, “A lot of people don’t even realize that Versus exists.”


CBC and TSN Do Well For Game 1’s

From William Houston:

The CBC’s telecast of Game 1 Montreal Canadiens-Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday was watched by 2.776 million viewers.

TSN drew 2.1 million for Game 7 of the Philadelphia Flyers-Boston Bruins on Friday. That was TSN’s largest audience ever for a NHL game not involving a Canadian team.

TSN’s telecast of Game 1 Chicago Blackhawks-San Jose Sharks on Sunday afternoon was watched by 1.225 million. Pre-game show, TSN, 325,000.

Jeremy Roenick to Join Big-Name NBC Stanley Cup Studio

Jeremy Roenick appeared on the NHL Network’s/XM Home Ice’s NHL Live on Monday, where he confirmed that he’d be appearing as a studio analyst on NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Final.  Roenick joins an already star-studded (by NHL standards) studio lineup which features host Dan Patrick and fellow analyst Mike Milbury, with Pierre McGuire potentially around as a studio analyst as well.

Roenick previously appeared on NBC’s January 17 telecast of the Chicago/Detroit, as well as every night of NBCUniversal’s coverage of the men’s Olympic Hockey Tournament.  He’s also contributed analysis to TSN during the postseason, and appeared regularly on it’s show “Off the Record”.  Roenick retired last spring after an 18-season NHL career, in which he was one of only two Americans to score 500 career goals (513).

(Thanks to Leahy for the tip)