Your Remaining NHL National TV Schedule

Since it’s the start of 2009, I figured I’d give everyone something to look forward to in the new year.  It’s every network’s remaining telecast schedule.  Things are subject to change, particularly with VERSUS and obviously with NBC, but here’s how things stand for the rest of the season, beginning with the Canadian networks.

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“Barenaked” Hockey Fans Record “Hockey Theme”

 

 

Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies

Any chance he can get, Gary Bettman will talk about the 2004 All-Star Game in Minnesota on The NHL Hour.  Have you noticed this?  It seems to be a real source of pride for The Commish, a time where he took hockey to one of it’s seminal breeding grounds for fans and talent and gave them an enjoyable experience.  Plus, he got to see the always-entertaining Barenaked Ladies perform Stompin’ Tom’s “The Hockey Song” live, as did anyone watching on ABC.  In fact, BNL was all over All-Star weekend that year.

Anyway, the Ladies are dipping their toes into the hockey pond once again tonight, as they perform their rendition of “The Hockey Theme” (or “How TSN Spent it’s Summer Vacation”) before the Edmonton-Calgary showdown on TSN at 10PM ET.

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Local TV Ratings, Canada Style: Uh, Not So Good, Eh?

William Houston is the guru for TV ratings, Canada style.  I prefer him to most American counterparts because he usually reports an actual number of viewers.  Today, he had a piece on Canadian TV ratings.  They are not great, to be frank.  Let’s go bulletpoint on this:

 

  • Toronto: 341,000 viewers per game, down 17%
  • Vancouver: 228,000 viewers per game, down 19%
  • Ottawa: 88,500 viewers per game, down 18%
  • Calgary: 130,000 viewers per game, up 11%
  • Edmonton: 145,000 viewers per game, up 29%
  • Montreal (Games available nationally): 773,000 viewers per game, up 21%

 

So obviously, you see that while there is some good news in Alberta and Montreal, everywhere else is trending downward.

However, there is some good stuff nationally in Canada, where ratings are going up, and among key demographics.

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