CBC Has a Fine Saturday Planned

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA presents five NHL games this Saturday, all of which are streamed live at CBCSports.ca, regardless of where you are in Canada.

The Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Calgary Flames will be broadcast nationally, outside of select markets, at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers, at 10 p.m. ET.

Fans in Quebec will see the Montreal Canadiens take on the Colorado Avalanche. Ottawa and the Ottawa valley will see the Washington Capitals hosting the Ottawa Senators, while in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwestern Ontario, the featured game will be the Winnipeg Jets vs. Phoenix Coyotes. All games are 7 p.m. ET starts.

Pre-game excitement comes via two excellent warm-ups: the new HNIC Game Day show hosted by PJ Stock and Andi Petrillo airs nationally at 5 p.m. ET, while Scotiabank Hockey Tonight with host Ron MacLean sets up all the action just before the pucks drop, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.

CBS Sports Network Has #1 v. #3 in College Hockey Tonight

CBS Sports Network drops the puck for its ninth season of college hockey coverage on Friday, Oct. 14 (7:30 PM, ET) as *No. 3-ranked Denver takes on No. 1-ranked Boston College. Play-by-play announcer Eric Frede and analyst Dave Starman call the game, with Shireen Saski reporting. The Network provides live pre-game coverage from Boston College’s Conte Forum to preview the night’s action and discuss college hockey news from around the country.

Throughout the season CBS Sports Network will air a series examining the state of college hockey and the major issues facing the sport. The series features a candid roundtable discussion with influential college hockey figures, including Boston University coach Jack Parker, Denver coach George Gwozdecky, former Notre Dame coach and Toronto Maple Leafs Vice President of Hockey Operations Dave Poulin and Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi. Adam Zucker hosts and is joined by Starman.

CBS Sports Network will air 23 college hockey games this season showcasing every team ranked in the top 10 of the USCHO Poll, as well as 15 of the nation’s top 20 teams. The Network again features comprehensive Hockey East action, as well as CCHA, WCHA, ECAC and Atlantic Hockey contests.

For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

Boston-Carolina Tops VERSUS Numbers For the Week

With both local markets allowed to watch Wednesday night’s NHL telecast on VERSUS, the result was a higher viewership level.

Last night’s first-ever VERSUS Wednesday night “Game of the Week” between the Bruins and Hurricanes drew an 0.2 rating and 312,000 viewers. The game drew 189,000 viewers among Adults 18-49. This was down 28% from VERSUS’ first non-Opening Night exclusive telecast in 2010 (432,000 for Colorado/Detroit on Tuesday, October 12). It was, however, up 27% from VERSUS’ first Wednesday night telecast of 2010 (246,000 for a NY Islanders/Washington game that was blacked out in DC on Wednesday, October 13). An okay start, considering the Hurricanes are a small-market team, and VERSUS was attempting to launch a new hockey night.

VERSUS peppered the evening with hockey, to varying degrees of success. A 6 p.m. ET edition of NBC Sports Talk, the second half-hour of which featured a Bruins banner raising documentary, drew just 21,000 viewers (9,000 among Adults 18-49). The 7 p.m. ET NHL Live pre-game edition drew 77,000 viewers (43,000 in the demo). The NHL Live post-game airing a bit past 10 p.m. ET scored 172,000 viewers (130,000 in the demo). Finally, a 10:30 p.m. ET edition of NHL Overtime – the second half of which reran the banner raising documentary – retained 106,000 viewers (79,000 in the demo). VERSUS returns with NHL coverage on Monday and Tuesday night next week.

VERSUS viewership numbers so far this season

October 6
Boston vs. Philadelphia – 874,000
Pittsburgh vs. Vancouver – 342,000

October 7
NY Rangers vs. Los Angeles – 101,000

October 8
NY Rangers vs. Anaheim – 124,000

October 10
Tampa Bay vs. Washington – 162,000

October 11
Florida vs. Pittsburgh – 216,000

October 12
Boston vs. Carolina – 312,000

(Source: The Voice of TV)