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Canada Ratings Watch

Here’s an update on some Canadian BBM ratings. These are sourced from the Remote Control Blog and Bill Brioux.


CBC Battle of the Blades 1,009,000 viewers


TSN Ottawa/Boston 604,000
TSN Vancouver/Calgary 805,000


TSN Toronto/New Jersey 1,067,000


Sportsnet Ontario Toronto/Columbus 810,000
Sportsnet Pacific Vancouver/Minnesota 322,000
Sportsnet West Edmonton/Los Angeles 269,000


CBC 7 PM Regional (TOR/BOS, NJD/WPG, MTL/NYR, BUF/OTT) 2,038,000
CBC 10 PM Edmonton/Phoenix 696,000


CBC Battle of the Blades 1,066,000

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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in CBC, NHL, Ratings, Rogers Sportsnet, Television, TSN


Puck Daddy Radio Returns On Monday

Puck Daddy Radio will return to the airwaves on Monday but in a slightly different form compared to its Score Radio days. From Puck Daddy/Yahoo! Sports –

After various and sundry delays, our new daily hockey radio show “Marek vs. Wyshynski” will debut on Monday, Nov. 14, streaming live from 2-3 p.m. ET. It’s a joint venture between Yahoo! Sports and Sportsnet, and Marek and I can’t thank these giant conglomerates enough for finding a way to make this work.

It will run Monday through Friday throughout the NHL season and into the offseason. It will stream live on Puck Daddy and on Sportsnet daily. It will be downloadable as a podcast on iTunes and on

Yes, that’s longtime radio host Jeff Marek joining Yahoo’s Greg Wyshynski as host. For Marek, it’s a return to his radio roots. Marek was the voice of Hockey Night in Canada Radio for the last four years and worked for Toronto’s AM 640 prior to that.



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Posted by on November 11, 2011 in NHL, Radio, Rogers Sportsnet


Sportsnet Announces CHL Friday Night Hockey

Sportsnet has finally announced their plans for CHL hockey coverage this season. Coverage begins on November 11. From the press release –

TORONTO (October 26, 2011) – Building on the network’s leading cross-platform efforts and fan engagement, Sportsnet today announced the creation of Friday Night Hockey, a regular weeknight destination for Canadian Hockey League games, plus integration across the multiple Sportsnet platforms – television, radio, digital and print.

Sportsnet will televise a CHL game in high definition every Friday night during the 2011-2012 regular season, plus the CHL’s Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and the MasterCard Memorial Cup. The season begins on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (PT) when the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors host the Barrie Colts on Sportsnet ONE and the Sportsnet Ontario and Pacific channels. Sportsnet has been the exclusive media partner of the CHL since 1998.

“We wanted a home position for CHL hockey on Sportsnet and created destination viewing with Friday Night Hockey,” said Scott Moore, President, Broadcasting, Rogers Media. “We recognize the hunger and passion for junior hockey across the country and now fans will have a consistent night each week to catch all the action.”

“The Canadian Hockey League is extremely excited to bring weekly Friday night CHL games to fans across the country,” said David Branch, President, CHL. “Through our expanded partnership with Sportsnet, we look forward to Friday Night Hockey showcasing the CHL’s next wave of talent to the NHL.”

On television, the Friday Night Hockey broadcasts will be handled by play-by-play announcer RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino, and host Rob Faulds. Each broadcast will feature a pre-game studio show with analysis, scores, interviews and features. Additionally, CHL coverage will extend to Sportsnet Connected and HOCKEY CENTRAL with all the latest news and highlights.

On, columnist Patrick King will take a deeper look each week at the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Cosentino will also appear on the website with a weekly blog and discuss CHL news on Skype chats with fans.

In Sportsnet magazine, there will be regular coverage of key CHL issues, topics and players. This week’s upcoming issue takes a fascinating look at 25-year-old rookie GM Kyle Dubas of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – the youngest GM in the league.

On Radio, Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet 960 The FAN will provide regular updates on game results and stats.

While Sportsnet didn’t release a full schedule yet, The Canadian Sports Media Blog has the schedule through Christmas.

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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in CHL, Rogers Sportsnet, Television


Canada Ratings Watch

Here’s an update on Canadian TV ratings. These BBM ratings are sourced from’s Remote Control Blog. TSN continues to post some low numbers outside of Toronto Maple Leafs games. The CFL is regularly beating most NHL on TSN telecasts so far but those numbers should rise as the season progresses.

The Leafs continue to be a ratings powerhouse. October 17’s game garnered ratings that beat several nationally aired shows even though the game was only shown regionally. Among those that it beat handily on that Monday night were TSN’s broadcast of Monday Night Football and The Score’s WWE Raw.

MON. OCTOBER 17, 2011

CBC Battle of the Blades 686,000 viewers
Sportsnet Ontario Toronto/Colorado 810,000

TUES. OCTOBER 18, 2011

TSN Montreal/Buffalo 465,000
TSN NY Rangers/Vancouver 687,000
Sportsnet West Edmonton/Calgary 415,000

WED. OCTOBER 19, 2011

TSN Toronto/Winnipeg 1,399,000


TSN Toronto/Boston 1,042,000
TSN NY Rangers/Calgary 402,000

SAT. OCTOBER 22, 2011

CBC Montreal/Toronto 2,170,000
CBC NY Rangers/Edmonton 752,000

SUN. OCTOBER 23, 2011

CBC Battle of the Blades 1,098,000


Posted by on October 28, 2011 in CBC, NHL, Ratings, Rogers Sportsnet, Television, TSN


Monday Rambles

Its been a few days since the season got underway so it’s a good time to review some of the changes that have been made and the weekend’s hockey coverage.

  • NHL Network kicked off the season with a 2011 Faceoff pregame show. The show got off to a weak start with numerous repeated segments but it gained steam towards the end. Notably, there was a “Hotstove” like segment with the four analysts debating each division. The addition of Barry Melrose livened things up and Mike Modano did well in his first appearance. I’d like to see NHLN use this approach more often. Kathryn Tappen has been a great addition and I think Marty Turco would make a great analyst on a regular basis.
  • The NHL on Versus is having an identity crisis. Outside of a few Versus logos, its largely been replaced by NBC everywhere. The presentation is better but it is a little confusing for viewers. I know they are trying to link the nets together, but they might have been better off to just wait until the Versus relaunch. Of the Versus broadcast pairings over the weekend, I preferred the Emrick/McGuire duo. Two announcers work better and more info gets out there. My other Versus nitpick is the NBC score bar across the top. It is way too obtrusive and is a downgrade from the Versus one. NBC should debut a new one once NBCSN launches.
  • CBC debuted a new graphics and presentation package. I’m not crazy about it. I like the smaller score box but the bumper music is awful. I’m sure I’ll get used to it but it doesn’t seem to fit HNIC. I didn’t get a chance to watch Game Day so I can’t say anything about that. I did find it ironic that the CBC Jets special, Fuelled by Passion, sounds almost exactly like the new Sportsnet slogan, “Fuelled by Fans”.
  • CBC used three studio analysts Saturday night and it seemed a bit much especially if you include the iDesk. Milbury won’t always be there, especially after December but when he is, it’s better to leave PJ Stock behind. Stock is ok but he adds very little compared to Milbury and Kelly Hrudey. HNIC is always cramped for time so less is actually more when it comes to studio talking heads.
  • I’m not going to get into Don Cherry’s comments too much at this point since its only feeding his ego. I often enjoy Cherry but he likes to be the center of the attention and this latest controversy fits right in with that. He knows this will get people talking and thats what he wants. Why encourage it?
  • One particular low blow at HNIC came from Glenn Healy who felt it was necessary to insult Atlanta during the Jets game Sunday. Healy came up with what he thought was a zinger, “Want to know how we know we’re in Winnipeg? They’re chanting Price’s name. That wouldn’t have happened in Atlanta.” Healy made several other insulting comments during the broadcast. Healy always seems bitter and unhappy but on this night, his comments were totally unnecessary. Healy’s comments were classless and helped tarnish a special night for Jets fans. Instead of looking to the future, he was too busy taking pot shots and highlighting the franchise’s troubled past. Jesse Spector wrote a great piece which pretty much sums up my opinion on Healy’s comments.
  • Fox Sports Net and Sportsnet also debuted new looks this weekend. FSN looks much crisper than before and is now on par with the Fox network. Sportsnet’s seem a little dark for me and some of the text is hard to read. I’d like something splashier. I’m also not a fan of their new music package.
  • Marty McSorley joined John Shannon and Jeff Marek during the Oilers intermission Sunday. McSorley is clearly being moved to a bigger role at the network. Marek seemed a little rusty as host but perhaps he’ll fit in better once he gets more comfortable. I still have my doubts whether Marek can anchor studio coverage on a regular basis.

Notes: NBC Confirms College Hockey Deal With ND & Oil Change Moves to Sportsnet/Citytv

In all the digging for clues over the NHL Euro rights debacle, I’ve fallen behind on a couple of other stories so let’s play catch up.


Notre Dame made their move to Hockey East official this afternoon, and with it came confirmation that the new NBC Sports Network will be showing Notre Dame hockey beginning in 2013-14 to go along with the Irish’s move to HE. From a press conference transcript –

JOHN MILLER: I think the question is how much hockey, how much Notre Dame? The exciting thing is we’re working with Tom Nevala and the Notre Dame team as we lay that out starting the year after next.

Our hope is to get a very robust schedule on our air of Notre Dame games, and, obviously, when the opportunity arises, Hockey East games as well.

That quote is from the president of programming at Versus. I fail to see how Notre Dame hockey has earned a deal like this. While ND has improved the last 5 years or so, it is hardly an elite hockey program. NBC is promoting this the opposite of how it should be. Hockey East should be the priority, not ND hockey. Apparently the HE members were willing to take this deal if it meant they would gain some TV time and another status school in the conference.

While rumors have been swirling for months that Versus will be airing college hockey this season, that is yet to be confirmed. This is an interesting move for NBC as college hockey does not draw many viewers and even the most diehard NHL fans are often unfamiliar with it.


The terrific documentary style series that follows the Edmonton Oilers, Oil Change, is returning for a second season beginning on October 21. The biggest change is what channel will be carrying it. The series will move from TSN to Edmonton’s Citytv and will also air throughout Canada on Sportsnet. The second season will have six episodes. The full press release and schedule can be found here. The series is also available on demand at Last season, the NHL Network aired the show in the United States but there is yet to be an announcement on whether they will show it this year.


NHLN Booted From U-verse & Other Weekend Scribbles

Here’s some scribbles and commentary to start out your weekend including some breaking news about AT&T U-verse dropping NHL Network from its lineup.

  • As of this morning, AT&T has pulled the NHL Network off of their U-verse television service. AT&T has launched a website to keep fans updated over negotiations. U-verse is unique because NHLN is carried as a stand alone channel on the service. In most  of NHLN’s distribution deals, its included as part of carriage deals invloving NHL Center Ice. Because AT&T has declined to carry NHLCI, NHLN is negotiated on its own. Because of its bundling with NHLCI, I don’t think it’s likely that NHLN will see a rash of carriage battles. One thing is for sure, this is terrible timing. Just as the season begins, fans have had the rug pulled out from under them. Very few U-verse customers receive NHLN as it is carried on very high tiers. It’s likely that NHLN wants to be on a lower tier of service and much of this conflict stems from that along with an increase in carriage fees.
  • In case you missed it, Rogers Sportsnet officially announced this week that they are dropping Rogers from their name as part of a re-branding effort. One of their new logos and their new tagline can be seen above. I’m not a fan of the new logo as it’s too dull for me but I’m looking forward to the new graphics, music and presentation as their current ones are pretty tired. The Canadian Sports Media Blog has more details on the re-branding including a video interview with Rogers Media’s Dan Bender, VP of Creative Services.
  • College hockey television schedules are slowly leaking out. Hockey East and Atlantic Hockey have released their schedule of games to be aired on CBS Sports Network. HE will get 8 games on CBSSN while the net will show two Atlantic Hockey games. Whenever the full national schedules come out, I plan on putting a full schedule up on the site. The Minnesota Gophers released their TV schedule which has 32 of its 37 games televised.
  • NHL On the Fly is now officially back with season previews starting to air this weekend. So far the show had only aired between games or during intermissions. We’ve seen plenty of talent on board this season with Jamie McLennan leading the way. Brad May, Mike Johnson and Kevin Weekes have also made multiple appearances. What’s interesting is who hasn’t been on the air. Kelly Chase joined the show during last season’s playoffs but he has yet to make it on this season. Larry Murphy, Craig Button and Gary Green have also been nowhere to be found even though they have been the most regular analysts for the show over the past few years. Green’s disappearance is interesting since he’s been with NHLN since its original launch in Canada in 2001. I’m not sure any of the analysts have really stood out to this point. McLennan and May still need some seasoning but they are getting better. For me, Weekes and Johnson are their strongest analysts.
  • One of the few NHL Network original series to return year after year is Lord Stanley’s Summer. Its new season premieres on Monday night and I highly recommend it. One change on NHLN’s NHL Live is the addition of arena cams. They haven’t been utilized much but it wouldn’t surprise me if they also get used on OTF.
  • Plenty of people have wondered what play by play man Peter Loubardias has been up to since Rogers let him go. While Loubo drew mixed reactions for his TV work, virtually everyone agrees that he’s one of the most knowledgable people about hockey and Loubo is taking advantage of that. The Pipeline reported that Loubardias has joined the Red Deer Rebels as a scout. Loubo has plenty of CHL knowledge so it seems to be a perfect fit. Good luck to him but hopefully, he’ll find himself in the booth again soon as I enjoyed his work.
  • And finally, since TSN doesn’t have enough hockey contributors, they’ve added another. Yahoo! Sports writer Dmitry Chesnokov has joined TSN while staying with Yahoo! as a writer for Puck Daddy. Chesnokov is a terrific writer and he gained great notoriety for his reporting on the tragic story of the Lokomotiv plane crash. Congrats to him on his new gig.