http://www.multichannel.com/index.asp?layout=articlePrint&articleID=CA6605044Versus Monday said it garnered record ratings during its opening night coverage of the NHL, pulling a 0.5 and 0.3 rating, respectively, for a pair of Oct. 9 games.
The Toronto-Detroit matchup delivered a 0.5 rating and more than 572,000 total viewers while the nightcap featuring the Boston Bruins and the Colorado Avalanche checked in with a 0.3 rating.
Versus said the Toronto-Detroit telecast was the most-watched regular season game in network history, with more than 360,000 households tuning in.
The national household rating for the two games enjoyed a 33-percent increase compared to the opening night games last year, while total viewership rose 17 percent (413,892 vs. 353,269).
Hockey Night in Canada drew good audiences for its Saturday night debut. Montreal Canadiens-Toronto Maple Leafs was watched by 1.323 million. Last year, the same game, same teams, drew 1.303 million.
The audience this year peaked at 1.7 million for the first intermission Coach's Corner segment and then dropped, because of the one-sided Leafs loss (6-1). The second game, Vancouver Canucks-Calgary Flames, had a strong audience of 951,000; last year, same teams, 810,000.