More People Watch the Skills Competition than the All-Star Game in Canada on CBC

Record-setting audiences tuned in to this weekend’s 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game and Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, according to BBM overnight data.

Broadcast live from Ottawa on Sunday, January 29, the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All Star Game on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA drew an average audience of 2.461 million viewers, besting the previous record of 2.389 million viewers set last year. In total, more than 7.3 million people took in some or all of the game, representing 22 per cent of the population.

The Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition broadcast on Saturday, January 28 also set a new record, drawing an audience of 2.468 million. More than 6.9 million people, or one in five Canadians, saw at least part of the competition.

This marks the highest rating for an NHL All-Star Game and the Skills Competition on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA since metered audience measurement began in 1989-90.

Hockey Night in Canada Game Day garnered its largest audience to date and 760,000 viewers tuned in to Scotiabank Hockey Tonight.

“The numbers make it clear the NHL All-Star Weekend on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues to be a must-see event for Canadian hockey fans,” said Julie Bristow, executive director, Studio and Unscripted Programming, English Services, CBC. “To see record audiences tuning in year after year exemplifies our dedication to producing the best in Canadian sports programming and to increase the game’s fan base in partnership with the NHL.”

Overall, 10.2 million Canadians tuned-in to some part of CBC’s coverage of the NHL All-Star Weekend, representing roughly 30 per cent of the population.

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No Crosby, No Ovechkin, No Problem: NHL All-Stars Even with Last Year’s Game

Despite being without Sidney Crosby for the third consecutive event, and this year without Alexander Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews, the NHL All-Star Game did just fine.

The game drew a 1.0 overnight rating on the NBC Sports Network. This was even with the number that VERSUS drew for last year’s All-Star Game in Raleigh. In addition, it was (as last year’s) up 22% from the game in 2009 at Montreal, the last time the All-Star Game was held in Canada. The All-Star Game was not held in 2010 due to the Olympics.

NBC To Chronicle Minnesota High School Rivalry for Hockey Day in America

From Roseau Hockey Online:

The Roseau-Warroad rivalry is one of the biggest high school rivalries in the not just Minnesota but the entire nation and NBC Sports Network knows it.

Late last week the high schools of both Roseau and Warroad were notified that NBC Sports Network (formally known as Versus) out of Los Angeles would be coming into town and doing a story on the rivalry that will be aired as part of the 2012 Hockey Day in America on February 19th.

They will be in both towns doing interviews in both rinks and local businesses regarding the importance of the rivalry between both communities. They will have both Rams Head Coach Andy Lundbohm and Warriors Head Coach Steve Haataja mic’d for the game as well as player interviews before and after the game Tuesday night.

 

Your NHL National TV Schedule for the Week of January 30

Tuesday, January 31

Toronto vs. Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m. ET, TSN
Play by Play:
Chris Cuthbert
Inside the Glass: Ray Ferraro

Washington vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSp/TSN2
Play by Play:
Dave Strader
Inside the Glass: Brian Engblom

Chicago vs. Vancouver, 10:00 p.m. ET, TSN
Play by Play:
Gord Miller
Inside the Glass: Darren Pang

Wednesday, February 1

NY Rangers vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSp/TSN2
Play by Play:
Mike Emrick
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

Pittsburgh vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET, TSN
Play by Play:
Chris Cuthbert
Inside the Glass: Ray Ferraro

Thursday, February 2

Carolina vs. Boston, 7:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network US

Chicago vs. Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. ET, TSN
Play by Play:
Gord Miller
Inside the Glass: Mike Johnson

Friday, February 3

Chicago vs. Calgary, 9:00 p.m. ET, TSN
Play by Play:
Gord Miller
Inside the Glass: Ray Ferraro

Saturday, February 4

Pittsburgh vs. Boston, 1:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network US

Washington vs. Montreal, 2:00 p.m. ET, CBC
Play by Play:
Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Reporter: Elliotte Friedman

Toronto vs. Ottawa, 7:00 p.m. ET, CBC
Play by Play:
Bob Cole
Color: Gary Galley
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Cassie Campbell

Los Angeles vs. Carolina, 7:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network US

Detroit vs. Edmonton, 10:00 p.m. ET, CBC
Play by Play:
Mark Lee
Color: Kevin Weekes
Reporter: Scott Oake

Sunday, February 5

Boston vs. Washington, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBCSp
Play by Play:
Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

Winnipeg vs. Montreal, 2:00 p.m. ET, CBC
Play by Play:
Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Reporter: Elliotte Friedman