Let’s give you three press releases from various Regional Sports Networks regarding NHL coverage. We’ll begin with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic which had tremendous ratings for Game 7 of the Montreal-Washington series. Those ratings won’t go any further this postseason.
CAPITALS PLAYOFFS ON COMCAST SPORTSNET RATINGS NOTES:Game 7 Delivers Highest-Rated Capitals Game in Comcast SportsNet History; Series Closes as Network’s Most-Watched Capitals Playoff Series Ever
- Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of Game 7 of the Capitals Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Canadiens on Wednesday, April 28, delivered an 8.1 average household rating in the
market, making it the highest-rated Capitals game in network history. The Game 7 rating surpassed the previous record by 40 percent, which was a 5.8 earned on Feb. 8, 2010 at Washington , and eclipsed the all-time playoff high of 5.6, which was set in Game 6 on April 26, by 45 percent. Montreal
- In the
market, the record-setting 8.1 average household rating represents approximately 189,000 households. When combined with the average household rating in the Washington market (3.1), Game 7 earned an average audience of approximately 226,000 households on Comcast SportsNet. Baltimore
- Comcast SportsNet’s coverage attracted peak viewership during the third period, delivering a 10.6 household rating in
Washingtonand a 4.1 household rating in during the final quarter-hour of the game, equating to approximately 297,000 combined households for that time-period. Baltimore
- In the key Men 25-54 demographic, Comcast SportsNet delivered an average 8.5 rating in the Washington market, which peaked at a 10.7 rating in that category during for the final half-hour of the broadcast. The 8.5 rating is a 20 percent increase on the previous all-time high in that demographic, which was set in Game 6 of this series on Monday, April 26 (7.1).
- During Game 7, Comcast SportsNet was the most-watched television station in the
- With the record ratings posted for Game 7, six of the ten highest-rated Capitals games in Comcast SportsNet history have occurred since February 2010, including the top three all-time ratings.
- For Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the network earned an average household rating of 5.3 in the
market, surpassing the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals (4.7) as the most-viewed Capitals playoff series in network history by 13 percent. The 5.3 average rating for the seven-game series represents a 77 percent increase over last year’s first-round series against the NY Rangers (3.0). Washington
- Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the Capitals first-round series drew an average audience of approximately 123,000 households in the
Washingtonmarket and approximately 27,000 households in , earning a combined average household audience of approximately 150,000 for the series. BaltimoreCAPITALS 2010 PLAYOFFS ON CSN – EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALSGame WSH HH PEAK M 25-54Game 1 5.1 7.4 5.9Game 2 4.4 6.1 4.7Game 3 5.1 6.4 5.3Game 4 5.3 7.0 6.2Game 5 3.8 6.2 4.1Game 6 5.6 7.1 7.1Game 7 8.1 10.6 8.5AVG. 5.3 - 6.0Game A 25-54 BAL HH PEAK
Game 1 4.1 2.1 3.2
Game 2 3.4 2.3 3.2Game 3 4.3 1.7 2.9
Game 4 4.4 1.8 2.7Game 5 2.5 1.6 2.4Game 6 5.1 2.7 3.5
Game 7 6.7 3.1 4.1
AVG. 4.4 2.2 -
ALL-TIME HIGHEST-RATED CAPITALS GAMES ON CSN (WSH DMA):1.) 8.1 APRIL 28, 2010 ECQ GAME 7 VS. MTL2.) 5.8 FEBRUARY 10, 2010 REGULAR SEASON VS. MTL3.) 5.6 APRIL 26, 2010 ECQ GAME 6 VS. MTL4.) 5.5 MAY 13, 2009 ECS GAME 7 VS. PIT5.) 5.3 APRIL 21, 2010 ECQ GAME 4 VS. MTL5.3 MAY 11, 2009 ECS GAME 6 VS. PIT5.3 APRIL 22, 2008 ECQ GAME 7 VS. PHI8.) 5.1 APRIL 19, 2010 ECQ GAME 3 VS. MTL5.1 APRIL 15, 2010 ECQ GAME 1 VS. MTL10.) 4.7 MAY 9, 2009 ECS GAME 5 VS. PIT
We’ll look at what Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and NESN are doing for the Flyers-Bruins series after the jump.
Next, with Versus and NBC taking the first four games of the Boston-Philadelphia Eastern Conference semifinals, the local regional sports networks have to get creative so Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia will do wraparound pre and postgame coverage until it gets to produce its own games starting with Game 5.
COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES FLYERS SECOND ROUND PLAYOFF ACTIONLive Games, Pre- and Postgame Programs and Online Exclusives Highlight Playoff Coverage
(April 29, 2010) – Comcast SportsNet, the leader in local sports coverage, today announced the network’s Flyers programming for the NHL conference semifinals. Comcast SportsNet’s Flyers audience continues to grow through the postseason, with first-round playoff coverage averaging 152,000 households, or a 5.3 rating, a 6% increase over the 2009 conference quarterfinals and a 144% increase over the 2009-10 regular season ratings average. Flyers Pregame Live ratings are up 75% from the regular season and Flyers Postgame Live ratings are up 127%. PHILADELPHIAThe Ultimate GoalComcast SportsNet’s Flyers playoff special, The Ultimate Goal, continues into the second round. Local hockey experts including Rick Tocchet, Bill Clement, Al Morganti, Steve Coates, John Boruk and Chris Therien break down the game and offer their analysis on the series. The Ultimate Goal will air on Sunday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Tuesday, May 4 at 10:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Tuesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.Tocchet’s TakeFormer Flyer Rick Tocchet will be hosting live chats on CSNPhilly.com during the 2nd period of every Flyers playoff game, plus he will appear on every Flyers pre- and postgame program as well as The Ultimate Goal. His Flyers vlog “Tocchet’s Take” is available on CSNPhilly.com.CSNPhilly.comThroughout the playoffs, CSNPhilly.com will have game previews, postgame recaps and feature stories from Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio, plus player and coaches’ video exclusives, live chats and much more. Fans can follow Comcast SportsNet’s hockey experts on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tpanotch (Tim Panaccio) and http://twitter.com/CSNFlyer (John Boruk).Philly vs. BostonComcast SportsNet Philadelphia taps into Comcast SportsNet New England’s Bruins experts to get the New Englandpulse on the latest chapter of the storied and contentious Flyers-Bruins competition. Fans can check out what they are saying in on Daily News Live, SportsNite and on CSNPhilly.com. BostonPlayoff Game CoverageIn addition to airing three second round playoff games, Comcast SportsNet will air Flyers Pregame Live and Flyers Postgame Live for all games throughout the playoffs. All Flyers second round playoff games airing on Comcast SportsNet will also replay the following day at 1:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.Saturday, May 1Flyers at Bruins Game One on NBC at 12:30 p.m.Comcast SportsNet12 p.m. Flyers Pregame Live3 p.m. Flyers Postgame Live6 p.m. SportsNiteMonday, May 3Flyers at Bruins Game Two on VERSUS at 7 p.m.
Comcast SportsNet The Comcast Network 5 p.m. Daily News Live 6 p.m. SportsNite 6:30 p.m. Phillies Pregame Live 6:30 p.m. Flyers Pregame Live 7 p.m. Phillies vs. Cardinals 9:30 p.m. Phillies Postgame Live10 p.m. SportsNite 9:30 p.m. Flyers Postgame LiveWednesday, May 5Flyers vs. Bruins Game Three on VERSUS at 7 p.m.Comcast SportsNet The Comcast Network5 p.m. Daily News Live6 p.m. SportsNite6:30 p.m. Phillies Pregame Live 6:30 p.m. Flyers Pregame Live7 p.m. Phillies vs. Cardinals9:30 p.m. Phillies Postgame Live 9:30 p.m. Flyers Postgame Live10 p.m. SportsNiteFriday, May 7Flyers vs. Bruins Game Four on VERSUS at 7 p.m.Comcast SportsNet The Comcast Network5 p.m. Daily News Live6 p.m. SportsNite6:30 p.m. Phillies Pregame Live 6:30 p.m. Flyers Pregame Live7 p.m. Phillies vs. Braves9:30 p.m. Phillies Postgame Live 9:30 p.m. Flyers Postgame LiveMonday, May 10Flyers at Bruins Game Five on Comcast SportsNet at 7 p.m. *If necessary5 p.m. Daily News Live6 p.m. SportsNite6:30 p.m. Flyers Pregame Live7 p.m. Flyers vs. Bruins9:30 p.m. Flyers Postgame Live10 p.m. SportsNite*If Flyers play Game 5, the Phillies-Rockies game will air on The Comcast Network at 8:30 p.m., with Phillies Pregame Live at 8 p.m.Wednesday, May 12Flyers vs. Bruins Game Six at TBD *If necessary(Comcast SportsNet programming will be determined once game time is announced)Friday, May 14Flyers at Bruins Game Seven on Comcast SportsNet at 7 p.m. *If necessary5 p.m. Daily News Live6 p.m. SportsNite6:30 p.m. Flyers Pregame Live7 p.m. Flyers at Bruins9:30 p.m. Flyers Postgame Live10 p.m. SportsNite
And NESN gives us its schedule for the Bruins-Flyers series.
NESN Airing Pregame Show for Bruins’ Game 1 on SaturdayWhen the Bruins take to the ice to open their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup with the Flyers, the game action will take place on NBC, but NESN will have Bruins fans covered before the game with Bruins Face-Off Live.The pregame show will air on NESN at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 1.While Versus will carry Games 2-4, NESN will be ready to take it from there. The schedule for Games 5-7 (if necessary) is below:Game 5 — Monday, May 106:30 p.m.: Bruins Face-Off Live7 p.m.: Flyers at Bruins9:30 p.m.: Bruins Overtime LiveGame 6 – Wednesday, May 126:30 p.m.: Bruins Face-Off Live7 p.m.: Bruins at Flyers9:30 p.m.: Bruins Overtime LiveGame 7 — Friday, May 126:30 p.m.: Bruins Face-Off Live7 p.m.: Flyers at Bruins9:30 p.m.: Bruins Overtime LiveFurther announcements regarding NESN and NESNplus will be made at a later date, as necessary.
Thanks to Comcast SportsNet in DC and Philly for sending the press releases.
Bad on NESN for making me find this on its website.