The Stanley Cup Playoffs are off to a good start on Versus.
Coverage of the first night of the Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged a 0.25 U.S. rating (0.38 cable rating) and 392,384 viewers on Versus Wednesday night, up 9% in ratings and 25% in viewership from a 0.23 (0.36 cable) and 314,368 viewers for comparable coverage in ’08.
In particular, Game 1 between the Penguins and Flyers drew a 0.28 U.S. rating (0.42 cable) and 442,791 viewers, up 8% and 23% from a 0.26 (0.40 cable) and 359,628 viewers for last year’s comparable Senators/Penguins tilt.
CBC’s late game broadcast of St Louis at Vancouver (10:00p-12:47a) averaged 1,388,000 viewers. That’s up 55% from the 895,000 viewers that CBC posted for the comparable date game (4/9/08, Calgary/San Jose, 10:04p-1:00a).
RDS’s late game broadcast of St Louis at Vancouver (10:00p-12:48a) averaged 105,000 viewers
TSN’s NY Rangers at Washington Capital telecast (7:00p-9:40p) delivered 521,000 viewers. That’s up 92% from the 271,000 viewers that TSN averaged for their comparable date broadcast (4/9/08, NY Rangers at New Jersey, 7:00p-9:26p).
TSN’s telecast of Carolina at New Jersey (joined in progress – 9:40p-9:57p) averaged 349,000 viewers. That’s up 35% from the 258,000 that the Colorado/Minnesota (joined in progress, 9:26p – 12:05a) telecast averaged on the comparable date last year.
In total, TSN averaged 504,000 viewers on opening night of the 2009 NHL Playoffs. That’s up 91% from the 264,000 that the network averaged on opening night of the 2008 playoffs.
NESN’s broadcast of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup between the Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens drew the third-highest rating of all Bruins games in the history of NESN. The game earned a 9.4 household rating in Boston, the best Game 1 rating in NESN’s 25-year history.
Add Pittsburgh to the list of big markets drawing big ratings. According to the Pens website, the game drew a 14.7 rating, the ninth-highest rated game in Pens history on FSN. The game beat out CSI: New York, American Idol, Criminal Minds and Bones in the Pittsburgh market, while the Pens post-game show on FSN did better than Law & Order with a 6.9