NHL Awards, NHL Draft Score Modest Numbers

According to Sports Media Watch, the NHL Draft on VERSUS drew 201,000 viewers a week ago on Friday, while two days before, the NHL Awards drew 206,000 viewers.  The telecasts were beaten by an Indiana/Washington WNBA game on ESPN2 (251,000 viewers), an Indy Car race on VERSUS (400,000 viewers), an MLB Network game (303,000 viewers), 7AM coverage of Wimbledon on ESPN2 (393,000 viewers) and the NBA Free Agency Summit on ESPN (925,000 viewers), but did beat a head-to-head Arena Football game on the NFL Network (58,000 viewers).  Not trying to be negative, just noting that it’s sort of curious that, with all the NHL’s attention drawn on this and all the viewing parties, that numbers were this low.

(Additional info from pifeedback.com)

4 Responses to NHL Awards, NHL Draft Score Modest Numbers

  1. jkrdevil says:

    So people aren’t going to want to watch a bunch of prospects they have never heard of get drafted. Shocking.

  2. Ryan says:

    Yeah exactly, the draft’s a big deal in Canada in part because Canadians follow these guys from the moment their junior careers start. In addition to “who will my favourite team draft?”, there’s “who will be drafted from the local junior team and where will they go?”–I know I was only watching to see where Jeff Skinner would end up!

  3. john says:

    considering thats what some of the ratings (give or take 100,000) for a regular game and the fact that the number one pick was on sportscenter, i’d take it as a win.

  4. Colton says:

    It’s called the Internet. Heard of it?

    I’m sure NHL.com got a ton of hits, as did twitter. Having an audience for an event isn’t just tv, there’s way more to it.

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