Stanley Cup Final Rematch Brings in the Viewers on Sportsnet Pacific

As I mentioned in the weekly sports ratings yesterday, Saturday’s Stanley Cup Final rematch between Boston and Vancouver on Sportsnet Pacific drew a lot of viewers for a regional hockey broadcast. It turns out it was the highest rated Canucks regional broadcast ever on Sportsnet Pacific. Here is Sportsnet’s press release.

Sportsnet scored its biggest ratings ever for a Vancouver Canucks game as an average of 746,900 (2+)* viewers tuned in Saturday morning at 10 a.m. PT to watch the Canucks secure a 4-3 win over the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

Audience levels during Saturday’s Sportsnet Pacific broadcast peaked at 1.1 million as viewers witnessed the dying moments of the third period when the Canucks killed off a last minute Bruins power play.

The 746,900 audience was a 20 per cent increase over the previous audience average high of 624,900 viewers during a 4-3 Canucks shootout victory over the Dallas Stars on October 11, 2009 – in prime time at 7 p.m. PT. The record audience is also 66 per cent above the current season average of 449,000.


3 thoughts on “Stanley Cup Final Rematch Brings in the Viewers on Sportsnet Pacific

  1. The league schedule for the 2011-2012 season was released last June and in August when the national television schedule was printed, the CBC declined the chance to televise it. People were complaining back then for the pathetic decision the CBC made.

    I have been listening to Vancouver sports radio and many journalists have sent repeated emails and phone calls to CBC Sports for an explanation on why this game was not on HNIC. It has been almost a week since the game and the CBC has not responded to any of them. The irony in all of this is that american viewers had an easier time to see this game as it was on the NHL Network. In Canada, minus British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, Centre Ice was needed to view the game.

    The viewership, as you mentioned, for this regional game on Sportsnet Pacific was record breaking. Two or three hours later, it could have passed one million!

    Many television observers have said that had the game been nationally televised on HNIC, the audience would have approximately doubled to 1.4 million. That would have set a matinee record for HNIC. The game had to start at that time due to the potential of the Patriots playing a wildcard NFL playoff game later in the day.

    Once again, another of many examples of inept decision making by the CBC. Shame on them.

    • Yep. An extremely pathetic decision not to televise the Canucks-Bruins game on the CBC. Lots of journalists have sent repeated emails and phone calls to the CBC and they haven’t responded to any of them? I am not surprised one bit. Must be nice NOT responding to phone calls and emails when we pay for the CBC with our hard earned dollars.

      I would have loved to have seen the Canucks-Bruins game as well being in the Ottawa area and a non Centre Ice subscriber. Nope, the CBC robbed those outside of British Columbia and the Yukon Territiry (without Centre Ice/GameCentre or who did not go to a friend’s place or a local sports bar who subscribes to NHLCI) from seeing an awesome game. Shame on the CBC… and the worse part about it is that they don’t care.

      • I think CBC would have aired the game if they had a choice. Who would turn down the ratings? CBC is capped at 14 Canucks Saturday games a season. The Canucks play 14 games on Saturday nights (which have to air on CBC). I don’t think there is anyway to blame this on the CBC. It’s pretty obvious to me that they would have shown the game at either 7pm ET (to Alberta/BC, at the least) or nationally in the afternoon if they had the opportunity.

        If anyone is to blame, its the NHL for scheduling the game on a Saturday. It should have been scheduled for a weekday on TSN and NBC SN. Having said that, there is a lot that goes into NHL scheduling that we don’t know about. Not to mention travel schedules and arena availability.

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