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#1 OFFLINE   TANK

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 08:59 AM

NHL On VERSUS Audience Levels For Opening Weekend 2010

Thursday, October 7
12:00 Minnesota vs. Carolina – 80,000 (0.1)
7:00 Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh – 730,000 (0.4)
10:00 Chicago vs. Colorado – 430,000 (0.3)

Friday, October 8
12:00 Carolina vs. Minnesota – 95,000 (0.1)
3:00 Columbus vs. San Jose – 120,000 (0.1)

Saturday, October 9
12:00 Phoenix vs. Boston – 116,000 (0.1)

2009 VERSUS Opening Weekend Numbers

Thursday, October 1
7:00 Washington vs. Boston – 501,000
10:00 San Jose vs. Colorado – 332,000

Friday, October 2
12:00 Florida vs. Chicago – 100,000
3:00 St. Louis vs. Detroit – 278,000


Hard to imagine VS and ESPN or Fox getting into a bidding war for NHL rights with these low numbers. We will have to watch these ratings all season to see if they improve.



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Posted 18 October 2010 - 09:05 AM

I assume these also take into account time-shifted recordings (done with a DVR and watched later), especially since some were weekday games?

Versus ratings are sure low, but the season is just starting. If we see ratings for weeknight games in January like these, we know Versus is in for a hard ratings period.
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 12:20 PM

the NHL did a pour job opening its season with all the other sports going and its how they did it.

I'm sorry starting a season on a thursday? at noon with a game in europe? who the hell is watching that or will be home to see it? i could have told you that was loss cause before the game was even played.

Now philly Pittsburgh did look like a good matchup but can't compete with college football and playoffs in MLB.

the philly pens game should have ben on NBC where everyone in america could have a choice of watching it.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 07:55 AM

The ratings for the rest of the games this month on VS not any better

Five Most-Watched VERSUS games, October 2010

1. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, 10/7/10 – 730,000 viewers
2. Colorado vs. Detroit, 10/12/10 – 432,000
3. Chicago vs. Colorado, 10/7/10 – 430,000
4. Buffalo vs. Philadelphia, 10/26/10 – 347,000
5. NY Islanders vs. Washington*, 10/13/10 – 228,000



Five Least-Watched VERSUS games, October 2010

1. Minnesota vs. Carolina*, 10/7/10 – 80,000 viewers
2. Carolina vs. Minnesota*, 10/8/10 – 95,000
3. Phoenix vs. Boston*, 10/9/10 – 116,000
4. Columbus vs. San Jose*, 10/8/10 – 120,000
5. Los Angeles vs. Minnesota, 10/25/10 – 154,000

* – either aired in daytime or did not air exclusively in both team markets.
^ – ratings for 10/26/09, Minnesota-Chicago, were not available, affecting the October 2009 average



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Posted 09 November 2010 - 09:42 AM

Two articles about the US tv rights which are up after this season.

Here is IMHO the pie in the sky view that the NHL is going to a 50% increase because of a 3 way bidding war.

For the first time since Wayne Gretzky moved to Los Angeles, the league firmly believes it’s ready to cash in on a big American TV contract.

The Sports Business Journal canvassed TV and cable executives and determined the NHL expects a big score, as much as a 50 per cent boost from its previous deal. That would increase the numbers to more than $115 million per year, or $3.87 million per team per year.



http://www.thestar.c...tarticle/887781




The other article I think hits the nail on the head .

In a move that would serve to kneecap the ambitions of Comcast-NBC Universal, ESPN is poised to take a run at the rights for the National Hockey League.

And the battle for the NHL could function as a dry run for ESPN’s pursuit of a far bigger prize: the Olympics.





I don't think ESPN has any room on either ESPN or ESPN for the NHL games.The NFL and NCAA football and basketball dominate the schedule and draw higher ratings than the NHL.

But if they get VS/NBC/Comcast in a bidding war for the NHL driving up the price helps them get their real prize the Oylmpics. Every extra dollar they cause VS/NBC/Comcast to spend on NHL rights is less money they have to bid against ESPN for the Olympics.





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Posted 09 November 2010 - 12:01 PM

I don't care who gets the rights...so long as we get 5.1 audio and quality PQ. Versus cannot be bothered to actually provide DD 5.1. I hate the NHL on Versus.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 05:55 PM

If the NHL went back to ESPN, then people would be complaining about their 720p..that so many people complain about during baseball season.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 09:08 PM

the problem is the scheduling of the games. Why do they have there national tv game on monday night? nothing will defeat Monday night football. Saturday night might be huge in canada but in the us college football takes over.

they need to do a better job of when to show the games

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 08:33 AM

VS is adding a hour long daily hockey show. Will the next US tv rights deal now require a daily highlight show? It will be interesting to see how it stands up against the NHLN On the Fly.

Versus is rolling out a new late-night TV hockey show called NHL Overtime .....


The one-hour show will premiere Nov. 15 and include game highlights, postgame player interviews, features and discussion. It will also delve into intercollegiate and international hockey.

NHL Overtime will take over the Monday-Thursday, 11 p.m. ET time slot previously occupied by TheDaily Line



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Posted 10 November 2010 - 07:06 PM

Comcast... Wow.

If Comcast does this to the NHL today, what'll the NFL be like on NBComcast?

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 09:35 AM

It's been tough to find any ratings for VS this month. Here are the ratings/number of viewers for Monday's game.


St. Louis-Colorado drew a below-average 148,000 viewers from 8-10:30 PM ET.


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



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Posted 20 November 2010 - 06:56 AM

Flyers/Canadiens, scored 279,000 viewers

Bruins/Rangers game that did not air in local markets (138,000 viewers)



NHL Overtime Show -

Wednesday night’s show, which aired at 11:00 PM ET, scored 59,000 viewers, above previous timeslot occupant The Daily Line’s average of 53,000

The show’s episode on Tuesday scored 33,000 viewers in a 12:30 AM ET timeslot, airing two and a half hours after Hockey Central l


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Posted 17 December 2010 - 10:13 AM

When you can't find VS ratings for awhile,it usually means they are very low .

Then when the ratings improve ,PR releases start to appear like this one-


VERSUS averaged 750,000 viewers for the Pittsburgh Penguins/Philadelphia Flyers telecast on Tuesday, December 14, making it the most-watched regular-season game in network history and surpassing the previous high set by the same two teams in this year’s season-opener on October 7, 2010 (730,000 viewers).


The telecast, which peaked at nearly one million viewers between 9:15-9:30 p.m. ET



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Posted 13 January 2011 - 02:49 PM

NOTE: The VERSUS broadcasts on December 8, 9 and 15 did not air in the home markets of the teams playing due to blackout rules. All numbers courtesy of Son of the Bronx.

December 6 – San Jose vs. Detroit: 280,000 viewers

December 7 – Buffalo vs. Boston: 438,000 viewers

December 8 – San Jose vs. Philadelphia: 169,000 viewers

December 9 – Florida vs. Washington: 154,000 viewers

December 13 – Los Angeles vs. Detroit: 264,000 viewers

December 14 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia: 750,000 viewers

December 15 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh: 157,000 viewers

December 20 – Anaheim vs. Boston: 234,000 viewers

December 21 – New Jersey vs. Washington: 307,000 viewers

December 27 – Minnesota vs. Columbus: 143,000 viewers

December 28 – Boston vs. Tampa Bay: 202,000 viewers

December 31 – Phoenix vs. St. Louis: 113,000 viewers



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VERSUS’ 10 Most and Least-Watched Games Through the End of 2010

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:46 PM

I prefer to get my hockey from my local teams networks. I still watch lots of other stuff on Versus (like Dakar rally) even though they are a low budget corny graphics etc. channel. Hockey probably saved versus though so thanks for watching.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 05:37 PM

I was surprised at the low numbers of the Rangers-Pens game. I thought everyone in the USA and Canada was a CRosbY fan. In the home markets, MSG and FSN apparently carried the games.
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 03:41 PM

The VERSUS telecast of the Penguins Monday, January 10th game against the Boston Bruins scored 523,000 viewers, the network’s third highest number of the season so far, and well more than double the audience for VERSUS on Monday nights so far this season (approx. 205,000 viewers over 11 games).





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Posted 31 January 2011 - 09:38 AM

Jan ratings in bold


VERSUS 10 Most and Least Watched Games Through January 2011


Top 10 Most-Watched VERSUS Games Through 1/28/11

1. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, 12/14/10 – 750,000 viewers
2. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, 10/7/10 – 730,000 viewers
3. Boston vs. Pittsburgh, 1/10/11 – 523,000 viewers
4. NY Rangers vs. Washington, 1/24/11 – 458,000 viewers
5. Buffalo vs. Boston, 12/7/10 – 438,000 viewers
6. Colorado vs. Detroit, 10/12/10 – 432,000 viewers
7. Chicago vs. Colorado, 10/7/10 – 430,000 viewers
8. Montreal vs. Philadelphia, 1/25/11 – 414,000 viewers
9. St. Louis vs. Chicago, 11/30/10 – 390,000 viewers
10. Buffalo vs. Philadelphia, 10/26/10 – 347,000 viewers

Top 10 Least-Watched VERSUS Games Through 1/28/11 (Not Counting Bonus/Premiere Games)

1. Phoenix vs. St. Louis, 12/31/10 – 113,000 viewers
2. St. Louis vs. Colorado, 11/15/10 – 138,000 viewers
3. Minnesota vs. Columbus, 12/27/10 – 143,000 viewers
4. Los Angeles vs. Minnesota, 10/25/10 – 149,000 viewers
5. St. Louis vs. Nashville, 11/24/10 – 150,000 viewers
6. Los Angeles vs. Dallas, 1/17/11 – 151,000 viewers
7. Dallas vs. Carolina, 11/29/10 – 163,000 viewers
8. Boston vs. Tampa Bay, 11/22/10 – 167,000 viewers
9. Minnesota vs. New Jersey, 1/4/11 – 199,000 viewers
10. Boston vs. Tampa Bay, 12/2810 – 202,000 viewers



After 4 months of ratings for VS games, I see no reason for ESPN , FOX or any other network to get into a bidding war for these NHL tv rights.


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Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:49 AM

From a Versus' press release:

The telecast on January 31 averaged close to 1.5 million viewers and peaked at nearly 2.0 million viewers from 6:45-7:00 p.m. ET.

Compared to the 2009 NHL All-Star Game, this year's telecast saw a 36-percent increase in viewership (1,481,000 vs. 1,087,000), while household ratings grew 33 percent (1.2 HH rating vs. 0.9 HH rating). The network also saw increases across all the key male demographics: Men 18-34 (up 35 percent), Men 18-49 (up 27 percent) and Men 25-54 (up 37 percent).



Meanwhile, in Canada, CBC reports that the game averaged 2.389 million viewers





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Posted 09 February 2011 - 05:02 PM

The network’s coverage of Pittsburgh/NY Rangers (2/1/11) and NY Rangers/Detroit (2/7/11) set a new high mark for VERSUS, becoming the first two back-to-back exclusive telecasts to draw more than 450,000 viewers. The Penguins/Rangers game drew 460,000 viewers two days after the break, and Rangers/Red Wings scored even better 534,000 viewers.

The New York/Detroit telecast marked the third-highest average viewers for a VERSUS telecast this season. This is also the first time two consecutive exclusive NHL telecasts on cable have drawn 450,000+ viewers since 2004, back in the ESPN/ESPN2 days.



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