VERSUS Ratings From Last Week

Thanks to John Ourand, who e-mailed these over.

December 12
New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay – 201,000

December 13
San Jose vs. Colorado – 193,000

December 14
Chicago vs. Minnesota – 540,000

VERSUS Numbers to Date 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

October 17
Colorado vs. Toronto – 218,000

October 18
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota – 286,000

October 25
Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo – 338,000

October 31
San Jose vs. NY Rangers – 169,000

November 1
Anaheim vs. Washington – 258,000

November 2
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo – 558,000

November 14
Buffalo vs. Montreal – 323,000

November 15
Colorado vs. Pittsburgh – 392,000

November 21
NY Islanders vs. Pittsburgh – 198,000

November 22
Los Angeles vs. St. Louis – 245,000

Monday, December 5
Phoenix vs. Chicago – 302,000 viewers

Tuesday, December 6
Detroit vs. St. Louis – 259,000

Wednesday, December 7
Philadelphia vs. Buffalo – 585,000

December 12
New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay – 201,000

December 13
San Jose vs. Colorado – 193,000

December 14
Chicago vs. Minnesota – 540,000


NESN Stays Hot with the Bruins

The Bruins 3-2 win over Montreal last night at TD Garden received a 7.7 HH rating (12.2 Share) on NESN, which makes it the second-highest rated regular season Bruins telecast in network history. The highest-rated regular season game in NESN history came less than four weeks ago on November 23rd when NESN received an 8.4 HH rating (14.1 Share) for the Bruins 3-2 shootout win in Buffalo.

NESN’s current season average now stands at a 5.0 HH rating, up 85% over last season after the same number of games (29).

24/7 Season Two Premiere Down 26% From 2010

You just can’t predict television sometimes, and the double-digit losses for the premiere of Season 2 of the critically adored 24/7 Rangers/Flyers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic drew 284,000 viewers on Wednesday night. This was down 26% from episode one, featuring the Penguins and Capitals, which drew 383,000 viewers on December 15th of last year. Just as an example, the Chicago-Minnesota game on VERSUS drew 540,000 viewers on the same night.

Just as an example, in HBO terms, this is not necessarily bad for a non-Sunday night series. The Monday series Enlightened, which was recently renewed for a second season by the network, drew numbers of 151,000, 189,000 and 263,000 in it’s prior two airings (11/30, 12/6 and 12/3), while the season finale of recently-cancelled Bored to Death drew just 232,000 viewers on November 30th. But it is odd that the show hemorrhaged viewers from last year when there was just as much anticipation and even bigger market teams.

VERSUS/NBC Sports Network Winter Classic Weekend Schedule

VERSUS (NBC Sports Network on January 2nd) will be doing more extensive coverage on the Winter Classic than ever before. Here’s the listings for the network on that weekend.

Saturday, January 31
Winter Classic Alumni Game
6:00 NBC Sports: A Storied History
7:00 College Hockey: Boston University vs. Notre Dame
9:30 Notre Dame Hockey Special

Sunday, January 1
2010 Winter Classic: Philadelphia vs. Boston
10:00 2011 Winter Classic: Washington vs. Pittsburgh

Monday, January 2
7:30 AM
2010 Winter Classic: Philadelphia vs. Boston
10:00 AM 2011 Winter Classic: Washington vs. Pittsburgh
4:00 PM NHL Live
4:30 PM Cold War On Ice: Summit Series ’72
6:00 PM NBC Sports Talk
7:30 PM NHL Live
8:00 PM San Jose vs. Vancouver
10:30 PM NHL Live
11:00 PM NHL Overtime

And Here’s TSN’s Slightly More Extensive World Juniors Coverage

‘Tis the season for holiday traditions and TSN rolls out a doozy, as Canada’s Sports Leader heads to Edmonton and Calgary to deliver live coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. With multi-platform coverage on TSN, TSN2,, TSN Mobile TV and TSN Radio, hockey fans from coast to coast can cheer on Team Canada every step of the way when it goes for gold at the World Juniors.


Comprehensive coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP airs nationally on TSN, TSN2 and TSN Mobile TV from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, with pre-competition games beginning on Monday, Dec. 19. Team Canada games are also available live online at, while the website has all World Juniors games on-demand.


Fans can also tune in to the tournament on Bell Media sports radio stations including TSN Radio 990 in Montreal, Team 1410 in Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa.


In total, TSN will produce 26 games with exclusive live coverage of every Team Canada round-robin game, the quarter-final and semifinal match-ups, and the Bronze and Gold medal games. TSN’s 26-game schedule also includes live coverage of three Team Canada pre-competition games and 13 round-robin games not involving Team Canada. Prior to every Team Canada tournament game, TSN broadcasts a 30-minute pre-game show (see ‘Broadcast Schedule’ below).


Throughout the tournament, fans can join the conversation on TSN’s Fan Page on Facebook or follow TSN’s World Juniors analysts and experts on Twitter. Fans can also tweet their comments or questions using the #TSN and #2012WJC hashtags, with select tweets being featured during the TSN broadcasts.


Record Audiences

Team Canada’s heartbreaking loss to Team Russia at last year’s IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP delivered an average audience of 6.1 million viewers*, making it the most-watched broadcast ever on TSN. An astounding 12.2 million unique viewers tuned in to all or some of the entire broadcast. Currently, seven of the top 10 most-watched telecasts on TSN are World Juniors games.


TSN has been televising the IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP since 1991.


Broadcast Team

TSN’s coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP features James Duthie live on location in Edmonton and Calgary to host pre- and post-game shows – as well as intermissions – alongside Hockey Insider and leading junior hockey expert Bob McKenzie.


TSN game analyst Ray Ferraro makes his World Juniors debut this year calling all Team Canada games with play-by-play commentator Gord Miller. This marks the 10th consecutive year that Miller is in the broadcast booth for the event. Joining Miller and Ferraro is reporter Farhan Lalji, who is rinkside for Team Canada games.


Also featured in the booth are play-by-play commentator Dave Randorf and game analyst Craig Button, who call the action for other round-robin match-ups. New TSN recruit and former St. Louis Blues’ head coach Davis Payne, a native of Port Alberni, BC, provides analysis for these games from the TSN studio.



Throughout the tournament, reporters Lalji, Jermain Franklin and John Lu file daily reports for SPORTSCENTRE. Canada’s most-watched sports news program also features expert analysis, interviews, and in-depth reports from Duthie, McKenzie and Ferraro.

Canada’s industry-leading sports website provides fans with extensive coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. Along with games available live and on demand, has up-to-the-minute tournament news and reports, extended video highlights, player profiles and interviews, schedules, results, statistics, rosters and photo galleries. also boasts a brand-new video player with PVR functionality so that fans can go back and catch any action they may have missed while watching Team Canada games live online. In addition, all of Canada’s games feature a live blog and an integrated live chat, giving fans the opportunity to connect with each other throughout the tournament.


Hockey Insider McKenzie gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament with online columns and blogs. Fans can also keep up with TSN’s World Juniors broadcast team on Twitter for breaking news.


TSN Mobile

Fans on the go can keep tabs on all the action in Edmonton and Calgary with the TSN Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry, which delivers all the latest World Juniors news, plus in-progress scoring updates and stats.


TSN Radio

TSN Radio in Montreal (AM 990) hits the ice along with Team 1410 in Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa, as the stations have live coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. Bell Media sports radio stations also regularly feature TSN’s hockey experts and Insiders breaking down all the action leading up to and during the World Juniors.


Broadcast Schedule

TSN’s 2012 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP broadcast schedule is as follows:


• Monday, Dec. 19 – Canada vs. Finland at 9 p.m. ET on TSN2

• Thursday, Dec. 22 – Canada vs. Switzerland at 9 p.m. ET on TSN2

• Friday, Dec. 23 – Canada vs. Sweden at 9:30 p.m. ET on TSN



• Monday, Dec. 26 – Canada vs. Finland at 3 p.m. ET on TSN

• Monday, Dec. 26 – Sweden vs. Latvia at 5:30 p.m. ET on TSN2

• Monday, Dec. 26 – USA vs. Denmark at 8 p.m. ET on TSN2

• Monday, Dec. 26 – Switzerland vs. Russia at 10:30 p.m. ET on TSN2

• Tuesday, Dec. 27 – Czech Republic vs. Denmark at 8 p.m. ET on TSN

• Wednesday, Dec. 28 – USA vs. Finland at 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN

• Wednesday, Dec. 28 – Sweden vs. Switzerland at 5:30 p.m. ET on TSN2

• Wednesday, Dec. 28 – Canada vs. Czech Republic at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN

• Wednesday, Dec. 28 – Russia vs. Slovakia at 10 p.m. ET on TSN2

• Thursday, Dec. 29 – Denmark vs. Canada at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN

• Thursday, Dec. 29 – Latvia vs. Russia at 10 p.m. ET on TSN2

• Friday, Dec. 30 – USA vs. Czech Republic at 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN

• Friday, Dec. 30 – Sweden vs. Slovakia at 5:30 p.m. ET on TSN2

• Friday, Dec. 30 – Finland vs. Denmark at 8 p.m. ET on TSN2

• Saturday, Dec. 31 – Czech Republic vs. Finland at 4 p.m. ET on TSN

• Saturday, Dec. 31 – Canada vs. USA at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN

• Saturday, Dec. 31 – Russia vs. Sweden at 10 p.m. ET on TSN2


Playoffs and Medal Round

• Monday, Jan. 2 – Quarter-final #1 5 p.m. ET on TSN

• Monday, Jan. 2 – Quarter-final #2 at 8:30 p.m. ET on TSN

• Tuesday, Jan. 3 – Semifinal #1 at 5 p.m. ET on TSN

• Tuesday, Jan. 3 – Semifinal #2 at 8:30 p.m. ET on TSN

• Thursday, Jan. 5 – Bronze Medal Game at 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN

• Thursday, Jan. 5 – Gold Medal Game at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN

Here’s How NHL Network Will Cover the World Juniors

NEW YORK, NY / COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 20, 2011) – NHL Network U.S. and USA Hockey have agreed to a long-term extension of their media contract that will keep the Network as the exclusive television and streaming home for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in the United States through the 2018 event.

NHL Network U.S. will provide live broadcasts and will provide live streams of the U.S. National Junior Team games at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. NHL Network also will televise all medal-round games and five additional preliminary-round match-ups, airing a total of 15 games in high-definition from the tournament. All USA games will be NHL Network original broadcasts.

This year’s event will take place in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, from Dec. 26-Jan. 5, and the U.S. will look to medal in the tournament for the third straight year. The last time the event was staged in Canada (2010), the United States beat Canada in overtime to capture gold. writers Mike Morreale and Aaron Vickers will cover all angles of the 2012 World Junior Championship, ranging from country-by-country tournament previews to daily live blogs to covering every game from Edmonton and Calgary starting Dec. 26. will provide customized coverage in seven additional languages including Czech, Finnish, French, German, Russian, Slovak and Swedish, for fans to follow favorite players from their countries. Game highlights and full coverage of the 2012 World Junior Championship will be available at and

“The IIHF World Junior Championship is not only a preeminent international hockey tournament, it has become known as the place to view future NHL stars,” said Bob Chesterman, NHL Network vice president of programming. “Viewers will see a high level of skill and talent and intense match-ups between rival countries. The World Junior Championship is an excellent complement to our NHL programming.”

“We’re extremely pleased to extend our partnership with the NHL Network,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “They’re passionate about televising the World Junior Championship and I think fans will notice continued enhancements in their coverage of Team USA and the tournament overall as time moves forward.”

The tournament’s popularity stems from its reputation as a showcase for the game’s best up-and-coming young players from around the world. Many current NHL stars have played in the tournament; an abbreviated list includes Patrick Kane (Blackhawks), Zach Parise (Devils) and Bobby Ryan (Ducks) for the United States; Sidney Crosby (Penguins), Steven Stamkos (Lightning) and P.K. Subban (Canadiens) for Canada; Alex Ovechkin (Capitals), Evgeni Malkin (Penguins) and Ilya Kovalchuk (Devils) for Russia; Nicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings), Henrik Zetterberg (Red Wings) and the Sedin twins (Canucks) for Sweden; Martin Havlat (Sharks), Jaromir Jagr (Flyers) and Tomas Kaberle (Canadiens) for the Czech Republic; Teemu Selanne (Ducks) and the Koivu brothers (Saku – Ducks, Mikko – Wild) for Finland and Marian Hossa (Blackhawks), Marian Gaborik (Rangers) and Jaroslav Halak (Blues) for Slovakia.

Many players who will take to the ice in this year’s tournament are very close to realizing their dream of an NHL career. No fewer than 57 players who played in the 2010 and 2011 competitions already have made their League debut.

Broadcast Team

Matt Rosen, Dave Starman and Rob Simpson will make up the broadcast team for the NHL Network’s coverage of Team USA’s games.

Rosen, who will handle play-by-play duties, has called hockey and football for the Big 10 Network in addition to his extensive broadcast and hosting experience with the Phoenix Coyotes. Rosen has served as the host for all Coyotes Radio Broadcasts as well as the team’s post-game call-in show, “Coyotes Wrap-Up,” and the weekly magazine show “Coyotes Weekly.”

Starman, who will serve as analyst, is currently in his ninth season as lead analyst for CBS College Sports coverage of NCAA hockey. He served as the analyst for the NHL Network’s coverage of Team USA’s games at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, as well.

Simpson, who will serve as rinkside reporter for all U.S. games, has contributed to the popular NHL LIVE show on NHL Network, MSG Network in New York, SIRIUS XM Radio and broadband original programming.

2012 IIHF World Junior Championship – NHL Network-U.S. Broadcast Schedule

Dec. 26 – Jan. 5

Date Game Time (EST)

Mon., Dec. 26 Canada vs. Finland 3:30 p.m.

USA vs. Denmark 8 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 27 Denmark vs. Czech Republic 8 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 28 Finland vs. USA 3:30 p.m.

Czech Republic vs. Canada 8 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 29 Canada vs. Denmark 8 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 30 Czech Republic vs. USA 3:30 p.m.

Finland vs. Denmark 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 31 USA vs. Canada 8 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 2 Quarterfinal #1 5:00 p.m.

Quarterfinal #2 9:00 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 3 Semifinal #1 5:00 p.m.

Semifinal #2* 9:00 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 5 Bronze-Medal Game 3:30 p.m.

Gold-Medal Game 8:00 p.m.

World Juniors on NHL Network Round Robin Schedule

Largely done via NHL Network listings. All games will be proceeded and re-capped by NHL Live, NHL On the Fly or NHL Tonight.

Monday, December 26
Canada vs. Finland
8:00 USA vs. Denmark

Tuesday, December 27
Denmark vs. Czech Republic

Wednesday, December 28
Finland vs. USA
8:00 Czech Republic vs. Canada

Thursday, December 29
Canada vs. Denmark

Friday, December 30
USA vs. Czech Republic
8:00 Finland vs. Denmark

Saturday, December 31
Canada vs. USA