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NBC confirms that Sunday’s Red Wings-Hawks game was 2nd-most viewed NBC game ever

5 Mar

from the NHL and NBC Sports:


Blackhawks-Red Wings Earns 1.6 Overnight, Best Ever for Single-Game Regular-Season Coverage on NBC, Excluding Winter Classics

Canadiens-Bruins Draws 813,000 Viewers, Best Ever for Sunday Night Regular-Season Game on NBC Sports Network

Boston & Chicago Set Local Ratings Records

NEW YORK – March 5, 2013 – Sunday’s NHL coverage of two competitive games, which featured the Chicago Blackhawks victory over the Detroit Red Wings on NBC, and the Montreal Canadiens win versus the Boston Bruins on NBC Sports Network, resulted in the former setting a regular-season overnight ratings record for single-game coverage, excluding Winter Classics, and the latter posting a viewership record for Sunday night telecasts. The records continue a trend for the 2013 NHL season, as NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage has set numerous ratings and viewership marks this season.


NBC’s coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks dramatic 2-1 shootout victory against the Detroit Red Wings (12:30-3:15 p.m. ET) resulted in a 1.6 overnight rating, the best-ever for a single regular-season game (excluding Winter Classics) and up 60% vs. last year’s same-weekend coverage (1.0, Bos-NYR). The Blackhawks extended their season-starting point streak to 22 straight games with the win. Final ratings and viewership will be available later this week.

Locally, the Chicago market delivered a 9.7 rating, the market’s best-ever for a NHL regular-season game on NBC, with the exception of the 2009 Winter Classic, which was played at Wrigley Field — also between the Blackhawks and Red Wings — and drew an 11.8 rating in Chicago.


NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday night averaged 813,000 viewers, making it:

the most-watched Sunday night regular-season game in the network’s history*;
the most-watched regular-season game featuring a Canadian team on cable in nearly 13 years;
the fifth-most watched NHL regular-season game overall on NBC Sports Network.

The previous Sunday night record was 664,000 viewers for a game last year between the Bruins and Rangers (4/1/12). Sunday night’s game, which posted a 0.47 U.S. household rating, surpassed the Wednesday Night Rivalry contest played between the same two teams on Feb. 6 (771,000) of this year. Canadiens-Bruins is the most-watched game involving a Canadian team in NBC Sports Network history and on cable in nearly 13 years (12/27/00, ESPN2, Tor-Pit, 1.046 million).

In Boston, the market delivered a 9.26 HH rating, its best-ever rating for a regular-season Bruins game on NBC Sports Network, which was the No. 1-rated network in Boston during the game.

Following are the most-watched NHL regular-season games in NBC Sports Network history. Five of the top six are from the 2013 season:


Jan. 23, 2013 Boston-N.Y. Rangers 956,000

Feb. 20, 2013 Philadelphia-Pittsburgh 901,000

Oct. 6, 2011 Philadelphia-Boston 874,000

Jan. 30, 2013 Chicago-Minnesota 827,000

Mar. 3, 2013 Montreal-Boston 813,000

Feb. 6, 2013 Boston-Montreal771,000

*NBC Sports Network was previously known as VERSUS (2006-2011) and OLN before that.


The NBC Sports Network will allow NHL fans to follow the Chicago Blackhawks point streak by altering its programming schedule tonight. The network will join the Blackhawks game against the Minnesota Wild in progress (except in the home markets), following the completion of the regularly-scheduled Philadelphia Flyers-New York Rangers game.


Ratings Records and Hawks off to 3-0 Start!

24 Jan

Ratings across the United States and Canada have shown record setting ratings for NHL games. So much for the fan backlash from the lockout.

CBC in Canada had record ratings for Saturday night. St Louis reported it’s higher ever ratings for a blues game which was a Tuesday night Shootout thriller against the Nashville Predators. Here in Chicago, the story is the same. From the Chicago Tribune:

CSN delivered its highest Hawks regular-season game rating for its coverage of Tuesday night’s home opener against the Blues. The 5.40 household rating means approximately 188,169 households tuned in for the entire game and eclipsed the previous mark of 4.35 set March 5, 2010 against the Canucks.

Also, NBC’s coverage of the NHL on Saturday produced the league’s most-watched regular-season broadcast in 14 years, excluding Winter Classics, according to The Nielsen Company.

Regional coverage of the Hawks taking on the Kings and also the Penguins facing the Flyers was watched by 2.77 million viewers (1.6 household rating).

Hawks off to a great start.

Hard to believe but the Blackhawks are off to their best start since 1972-1973 season. Can you believe that the Hawks have not had a 3-0-0 start in the last 40 years? Not even the 2010 cup winning team did that! Crazy eh?

The Hawks themselves have said their is a feel to this team that’s similar to the cup winning team. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves but i’m pretty happy with what I’ve seen. Not that there aren’t things that can improve. Plus I expect LA and Phoenix to have a better showing the next time we see them. Especially from their goaltenders who both gave up a couple of week ones. However beating the blues was impressive. The Blues smoked the Red Wings 6-0 the first game of the season and then won a shootout against tough divisional rival the Predators.

From the Hawks themselves:

“It’s a good start but you can’t think about it too much,” winger Patrick Kane said. “One of the things about this season is you’re playing so many games in a short amount of time so it’s almost like you win one, ‘all right, think about the next one.’ If you keep doing that you’re going to have a good recipe for success.”

“It was a lot of tough opponents right out of the gate, but I liked the focus of our team,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We’re happy, but let’s keep trying to get better.”

Added defenseman Duncan Keith: “It’s definitely a good feeling but we know it’s three games and it’s all about what have you done for me lately.”

Tonight, the Hawks face the Dallas Stars who have been a bit of a surprise so far in the early season.

TV/radio: 7:30 p.m. Thursday; CSN, WGN-AM 720.

Series: First meeting.

Last meeting: Hawks won 4-1 March 16, 2012 in Dallas.

Probable goaltenders: Hawks, Corey Crawford, 2-0-0, 2.00 goals-against average; Stars, Kari Lehtonen, 2-0-0, 2.00.

Team comparison

Averages per game (NHL rank)
HAWKS (3-0-0) CATEGORY STARS(2-1-0) 4.67 (3) Goals for 2.00 (20) 2.67 (17) Goals against 1.67 (7) 23.1 (17) Power-play pct. 20.0 (19) 90.0 (3) Penalty-kill pct. 83.3 (11)

The Hawks will look to continue their strong play on the road after opening the season with victories in Los Angeles and Phoenix. Marian Hossa (four goals, one assist) and Patrick Kane (two goals, three assists) have come out of the gate strong to lead the Hawks’ high-powered offense. The Stars are led in scoring by 40-year-old Jaromir Jagr, who has two goals and two assists. Lehtonen has stopped 36 of 40 shots over his two starts.

‘HBO 24/7′ returning for Season 3 with Red Wings and Maple Leafs

2 May

According to Puck Daddy everyone’s favorite reality based hockey show will return for a third season.

NHL COO John Collins confirmed that the show will be back but indicated that a formal announcement is coming.

He also indicated that there will be a little more input from the NHL but promised that the viewers would not notice.  We should expect HBO cameras to have the same access as before.

Another change is that a Canadian network will join in on the fun and broadcast these episodes in the Great White North.

“We’re going to have another partner to announce, who will take the series in Canada,” Collins said. “I think this is one of the benefits of having Toronto in the game. They’re paying attention to this in ways that, frankly, they haven’t previously in the market up there.”

If you’ve never seen it then you are missing out on some great tv.  HBO does a superb job of going behind the scenes and making you feel like you are personally behind the scenes and in the players lives.


Playoffs are under way

12 Apr

and they didn’t disappoint.

Philly down 3-0 on the road in Pittsburgh roared back and won the game in over time 4-3.  Just fantastic.  Sure the refs missed the Briere offsides and that goal shouldn’t have counted.  They missed it.  They might have missed more than that.  Who would have thought this game would be the one called with the least amount of penalties?  Just 4 for the game.

La vs. the dirty cheaters had 13 penalties called and the 2 least penalized teams in the league had 17.  Yep, 17 penalties for the Predators and Red Wings.  No one saw that coming.  If you did then you should be in Vegas right now betting your house.

How about Shea Webers hit to Zetterberg?  No suspension.  Just a $2,500 fine.  That’s pocket change for a guy with that salary.  How does that send any message?  It doesn’t!  So the NHL is saying, guys if you want to grab somebody by the back of the head and slam him face first into the glass…in a fit of rage…that’s perfectly acceptable to us.  wtf?  Why did they give Duncan Keith a 5 game suspension?  That’s the NHL for you.  The NO Sense at all league.

UPDATE:  Since I wrote this blog I heard NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL Live and $ 2,500 is the most they can fine a player in this situation according to the C.B.A. (Collective Bargaining Agreement) between the NHL and the Players Association

As a Blackhawks fan I couldn’t have been any happier that the Kings took game 1.  The announcers said that for the last 8 series for the Canucks they won game 1.  Not this time.  I’d love to see those dirty cheaters go down.  The first goal, scored by the leagues biggest piece of sh**, Alex Burrows, was scored because the traitor Kessler interfered with the goalie.  The biggest crybabies in the league then had their own Byron Bitz take a cheap shot on Kyle Clifford and received a major penalty.  It’s fine when they do it to other teams but if someone looks at the Canucks funny then they call a press conference to cry and whine.  I HATE that team.  If you watched the game on NBC then you saw Mike Milbury show a replay of Kevin Bieksa, another P.O.S., get out-of-the-way when former Canuck Willie Mitchell blasted a slap shot from the blue line.  The Kings scored on the play.  Way to be a teammate Bieksa.  He looked like a 5 year old girl out there.

In Hawks news, Johnathan Toews practiced again symptom free.  Looks like he’s playing tonight!


Toews update – it’s not good

5 Mar

TTS knows a former NHL player who now lives in the Chicago area.  He has met Toews on several occasions and knows him relatively well.

He was in the locker room last week when the Leafs were in town.  He spoke to Toews and said “he’s really out in left field”  and “seems to be a really bad concussion”

I asked him what he thought that meant and said he would be surprised if Toews came back and played any games this year.  He thinks it’s more like, hopefully he’s well enough to play next year.

Ouch.  That’s not good.  Get well soon Johnny.

More on yesterday’s win:

Such a huge win for the Hawks.  With a win, Detroit would have had first place in the conference.  The Wings were 27-3-2 at home-coming into yesterdays match.  They’re not giving away victories at Joe Louis.  The Hawks are now 3-0-2 in the season series against Detroit.  All 5 games have been decided by 1 goal with scores of 3-2 (3 times) and 2-1 twice.

The Hawks need to win those kinds of games if they want to do anything in the playoffs.

“They are fun games to play in,” Patrick Sharp said. “Little bit of everything out there. I’m sure we’ll see them again down the road.”

“It makes a big difference when our power play can get one, especially early on,” Sharp said. “I thought our penalty kill was solid all [game] long. That’s the way things are going to be down the stretch.”

“Lots of pushing after the whistles,” Sharp said. “Not a whole lot of talking out there. Some bad blood that’s for sure. Good divisional game.”

Don’t you just love hockey?

Sharp had 7 of the Hawks 18 shots on net.  They actually had 19 but 1 of Bickell’s shots was not counted.


Faceoffs were still an area of concern.  The Hawks miss Toews dearly in that department.  Dave Bolland had a good afternoon with a 64.7%.  A nice improvement over his 48.1% season average. Unfortunately no one else was over 38%.


Blackhawks defeat Red Wings in Motown

4 Mar

That was a huge win.  Both teams needed the 2 points and Chicago took them.  With this loss the Red Wings dropped from 2nd place in the Western Conference down to 4th.  St Louis leap frogs Phoenix into 2nd place.

Not many teams have been able to go into Detroit and take 2 points.  The Wings did recently set a NHL record with 23 consecutive home victories.

That’s the key word…Team.  The Hawks played like a team again.  Just as they did in victories over the Maple Leafs and Senators.  Patrick Kane has really stepped up his game and more importantly he has taken over the role of leader.  That void has been glaring with Jonathan Toews out.  Good thing since Toews isn’t expected to play Tuesday in St Louis.  Another huge road game for the Hawks against a division rival.

Kane scored the game winning goal off a nice feed from Patrick Sharp.  Sharp had another strong game with 2 points for the 2nd consecutive game.  His first point was a goal.  Not just any goal but a power play goal.  Sorry, i probably should have warned you to sit down first before I said that.  Don’t look now but the Hawks have scored power play goals in 2 consecutive games.  No I’m not lying.  No I’m not pulling your leg.  I don’t want to believe it either but I saw it with my own 2 eyes.  Crazy things do happen!

The great thing about this victory for the Hawks is that once again it wasn’t just the Stars.  It was everybody chipping in.

Another great take away is how the Hawks stood up for each other.  2 penalties that the Hawks had to kill off were from teammates sticking up for each other.  That’s great to see.  Those are good penalties and penalties that you have to kill off.  Even if the Wings didn’t have Datsyuk or Lidstrom they are still a very tough team to beat.  Especially at Joe Louis Arena.

Shaw fought Smith and Smith probably won that fight but come on…Shaw probably weighs 20 lbs less then Smith and is a few inches shorter.  Love the “fight” in the kid.  Even if he lost the fight it was good to see the little guy go in with no fear.  It was also good to see the Hawks swarm Holstrom after he crashed the net when the puck was caught in the netting.  All five skaters made sure he knew there was a price to pay for crashing the net.  Great stuff.

The consensus in the Blackhawks’ dressing room was they played a complete game.

“Just playing that team game we’ve been seeking for the whole season,” forward Jamal Myers said.

Ray Emery once again was solid in net for the Hawks.  The net is his for the rest of the year.  You can bet on that.

Jimmy Howard started in net for the Wings but did not play the 2nd and 3rd periods.  Howard is day-to-day.

“I don’t think it’s too serious. I’ll get it looked at tomorrow morning and we’ll go from there,” Howard said. “Throughout the period it was just getting tighter and tighter. They decided to take me out.

I have to tip my hat to Niklas Kronwall.  He had Patrick Sharp lined up to get “Kronwalled” and Sharp said after the game that Kronwall told him that he was going to hit him.  That gave Sharp a chance to get his head up.  Funny thing was that while they both went down Kronwall took the worst of the hit. Kronwall scored the only goal for Detroit.

The Wings didn’t allow the Hawks to play their high flying game.  In fact the Hawks only could muster 18 shots on net.  While you would like to see more then that, they won the game 2-1.  The only goal the Wings did score was on a shot deflected off Oduya who was screening Emery.  Other then that…nothing.  That’s impressive.  Keep it up Hawks.


Hawks beat Wings and misc NHL notes

22 Feb

The Toews less Blackhawks beat the Datsyuk less Red Wings last night at the United Center in front of 22,027 (111.7% full)  Lots of standing room only tickets were sold for this one.

Hawks were flat in the first period but really started bringing it in the 2nd.  They didn’t panic, they didn’t feel sorry for themselves they stayed the course.  Jimmy Howard was awesome, if not for him the Hawks could have won 5-1.

Patrick Kane was ELECTRIC!!!!  He didn’t end up on the score sheet but had 5 shots and was all over the ice.  He made some crazy good plays.  Skating, passing, stickhandling and shooting.  He was everywhere.  That was good to see him play with fire in his gut.

Jimmy Hayes had a strong game as the 22 year old rookie had a goal and assisted on the game winner by Kruger.  Kruger took a penalty early in the 1st which led to the first Detroit goal.  It was a forgivable penalty as he was just trying to create some room for Keith who was trying to keep the puck in the Wings zone.  He sure made up for it by having a strong game and finishing with the game winner.  He is becoming more and more dependable.

Hawks and Wings both had only 7 shots in the third period.  This was a playoff type game.  Very tight as two good teams battled.


How about the power play still going 0 – fer.  When was the last time the Hawks scored a power play goal?  If this keeps up we might have to petition the NHL to allow teams to decline a power play a la the NFL.

Morrison.  ok, this is not working.  I saw at least 4 very stupid plays by the veteran.  Let him watch from upstairs as a healthy scratch.  He is not the answer.

NHL Notes from last night:

Great win for Nashville over the hated Canucks.

I really shouldn’t be rooting for a division rival but when it’s the Canucks I could root for anybody to beat them.

From Paul McCann of Hockeybuzz:

An important win for Nashville as not only does the team keep pace with the rest of the Central Division, but it also sends the message that the Canucks will be in for a fight if they meet up again this spring. The way Vancouver won all three on Music City ice last spring has not set well with the team. From the final score, to the captain body slamming Alex Burrows to the ice late in the second period, messages were clearly sent. As Stu Grimson noted on the post-game show last night, keeping the Burrows/Weber encounter to offsetting minor roughing calls was a real positive for Nashville.

Now i’ll have to root for the Red Wings, which is something I would never want to do normally but…..they are playing the Canucks next so……LET’S GO RED WINGS!

Gritty win by the Flyers last night.

The Jets have owned the Flyers this year.  It looked like they were going to win another one and then Simmons ties it up with 10 seconds left in the third.  Then old man Jagr puts in the game winner with 44 seconds left in overtime.  Nice dish from Briere on that gwg.  2 former Hawks had good games as Big Buff had a nice goal and Andrew Ladd put in 2.  The Hawks sorely miss Ladd.  Letting him go in the salary purge after the Stanley Cup was a mistake.

A funny bit on TSN last night when Mike Johnson, standing in between the 2 benches as a reporter, got slashed on the wrist getting his watch broken.  He holds it up for the camera and says he is sending a bill.  Yahoo’s Puckdaddy has the video of it.

The Maple Leafs goalie “monster” had a serious 5 hole problem last night.

You won’t beat the Devils protecting the net like that.

How about the Rangers getting shut out by the Penguins last night?

How about both Sharks goalies giving up 3 goals last night to the Columbus Blue Jackets?  Jeff Carter, the subject of many trade rumors, had a hat trick.  Wouldn’t it be something if he got traded to the Kings for a reunion with Richards?

Speaking of Columbus they made a trade today.  They traded Center Antoine Vermette to the Phoenix Coyotes.  The 29-year old Vermette is signed for the next three seasons with a $3.75 million cap hit.  Columbus receives a 2nd round pick this year and a fifth rounder next year plus goaltender Curtis McElhinney.