NHL Overtime, Not Helped By Weak NHL Lead-in, Debuts at Low Viewership Levels

VERSUS’ new NHL recap show debuted to little interest, but it wasn’t helped by an atypically low rated hockey game that preceded it.

NHL Overtime premiered on Monday night to just 31,000 viewers, below The Daily Line’s average of about 50,000 viewers a night in the timeslot. The telecast drew 15,000 viewers among adults 18-49.

The first episode wasn’t helped by a largely uninteresting hockey game that competed with Monday Night Football. St. Louis-Colorado drew a below-average 148,000 viewers from 8-10:30 PM ET. It was the network’s least-watched primetime game of the season, below games that didn’t air in the local markets of the teams that played in them. The previous low was another Monday 8PM ET telecast, Los Angeles-Minnesota in late October, which scored 149,000 viewers. The episode of Hockey Central that aired after the game held onto 85,000 of those viewers.

Regardless of this performance, it’s a marathon and not a sprint, so we’ll see how things progress if the show can get a better lead-in throughout the week. NHL fans, give this show a shot!

One Response to NHL Overtime, Not Helped By Weak NHL Lead-in, Debuts at Low Viewership Levels

  1. Mike in Idaho says:

    Not reporting on the Colin Campbell email fiasco ruined this show’s credibility before I even bothered watching it, now I don’t have to.

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