Here are the ratings for 5 NHL games this week. A total of 2.04 million watched four regional games across the Sportsnet channels on Tuesday night, this is a new record for a night of regional hockey on Sportsnet. The previous high was earlier this year on 1.92 million on January 17.
Tuesday March 6
Ottawa @ Tampa Bay, SN East: 200, 800
Boston @ Toronto, SN Ontario: 1.05 million
Montreal @ Calgary, SN West: 223, 500
Dallas @ Vancouver, SN Pacific: 561, 800
Wednesday March 7
Toronto @ Pittsburgh, TSN: 1.084 million
All numbers are BBM Canada 2+.
After ratings that were up from the national (CBC on Saturday) and regional (Sportsnet on Tuesday) norm, Leafs ratings fell back down to usual numbers on Wednesday. Either those outside of Ontario (except for some 340, 000) are buying out, or those in Toronto are giving up after the 5-4 loss on Tuesday to Boston. Of course the Leafs ratings are still the best in Canada.
It is worth noting that the Senators have four national games on CBC over the last three weeks of the season. The Leafs probably have four too. I know two of those games are in the afternoon, but the Sens will receive their fair share of HNIC coverage heading into the playoffs.
Having said that, if the Leafs fall further out (or at least don’t gain ground on 8th) and Crosby returns, I could see CBC choosing Pittsburgh @ Ottawa as the feature game on March 24. Dean Brown and Greg Millen were probably tapped by CBC to do the game at the beginning of the season. If they did choose it, I’d be interested to see if CBC could switch Bob Cole and Garry Galley to that game.