Montreal Canadiens 2015–16 NHL Television Schedule

Sportsnet will have all 82 games of the Montreal Canadiens games this season in English-language featuring 40 games nationally and 42 regionally. Sportsnet East (31 games) and City Montreal (11 games) will have the regional games. John Bartlett will be on play-by-play, Jason York as analyst, and Chantal Desjardins as rinkside reporter and studio host.

The Habs will feature on Hockey Night In Canada on 21 Saturday nights, nine Wednesday Night Hockey broadcasts and six Sunday appearances on Hometown Hockey and they will participate in the Winter Classic in Boston on New Year’s Day.

On the French-language side, TVA Sports will carry 22 national games (all Saturday night games, the season opener and the Winter Classic) with the remaining 60 games on RDS. TVA Sports also have exclusive rights to all NHL playoff games.

Continue reading

Stanley Cup Playoffs Ratings Update #1

Here are the ratings for games on CBC, as well as the Canucks on TSN and Canadiens on RDS for the first six days of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Montreal vs. Ottawa (CBC/RDS)
Game 1, 5/2: 1.9 million (CBC) + 1.2 million (RDS) = 3.1 million
Game 2, 5/3: 1.8 million (CBC) + 1.2 million (RDS) = 3 million
Game 3, 5/5: 2.3 million (CBC) + 1.3 million (RDS) = 3.6 million

Boston vs. Toronto (CBC)
Game 1, 5/1: 2.6 million
Game 2, 5/4: 3.2 million

Vancouver vs. San Jose (TSN)
Game 1, 5/1: 1.25 million
Game 2, 5/3: 1.3 million
Game 3, 5/5: 1.1 million

St. Louis vs. Los Angeles (CBC)
Game 1, 4/30: 1.3 million*
Game 2, 5/2: 822, 000
Game 3, 5/4: 1.1 million

Chicago vs. Minnesota (CBC)
Game 1, 4/30: 1.3 million*
Game 2, 5/3: 687, 000
Game 3, 5/5: 502, 000

*These games were a split-national broadcast; the ratings are for the two games combined.
All numbers are BBM Canada AMA 2+

Based on this, it looks like CBC made the right decision to take the Montreal-Ottawa series instead of the Canucks. Not only is it getting better ratings, but even CBC’s third choice (STL-LA) put up comparable numbers for game 3. Its never good when a series trends downward on the weekend, as happened with the Canucks last night. To compare, last year the Canucks had a million more viewers for game 3 (on a Wednesday night) on CBC. In fact the Canucks’ ratings for games 1-3 were quite comparable to Habs-Sens this year. I know there is a difference between TSN and CBC, but come on, it isn’t worth 50% reduction in audience levels. The first three games from Flyers-Penguins on TSN last spring all had better ratings than the first three from Sharks-Canucks this year.

For comparison, here are the ratings for the first few days of the playoffs last year.

Would CBC Take the Canucks over a Habs-Senators Series?

It seems like a very real possibility that the Ottawa Senators could play the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the 2013 NHL playoffs. All Ottawa has to do is beat Boston tonight. That would vault them up to 7th, and the Canadiens to 2nd. At first this seems like the elusive, dream all-Canadian matchup CBC is also looking for come April. But then again, maybe it’s not. TSN studio host James Duthie suggested he thinks CBC will select the Leafs’ and Canucks’ series on Sunday evening, regardless of if the Senators play the Canadiens or not. At first I was very skeptical, but after thinking about it and seeing how the Western Conference seedings, I’m beginning to agree with James.

The main goal for both the CBC and TSN is to attract ratings and advertising dollars. Ratings and length of series are both important. The Canucks are a proven playoff ratings earners for the CBC. The Senators, are not. The Canadiens will always result in part of their fanbase watching in French on RDS. Ottawa-Montreal averaged 870, 000 viewers on TSN in March. Also in March Vancouver-San Jose averaged 505, 000 viewers for a game only available in British Columbia on Sportsnet Pacific. While I can’t find any ratings from this year, the Canucks consistently averaged over 800, 000 viewers for games on TSN against US-based teams late last season (799, 000 vs. ANA; 824, 000 vs. LA; 856, 000 vs. DAL). Undoubtedly the Canucks can get the same type of ratings on their own that the Senators and Canadiens can muster together in English-Canada.

So, now that I’ve proven the ratings are close enough that CBC could reasonably take the Canucks over a Ottawa-Montreal series, that leads me to my second point. If CBC takes both TOR-BOS and OTT-MTL, that means they will probably end up with DET-ANA and LA-STL in the West. This is a scheduling nightmare. Of a possible 28 games, 21 take place in the Eastern or Central Timezones. Games in Detroit and St. Louis would have to air online for most of the country. CBC could only show 7 doubleheaders. Any of those that go head-to-head with the Canucks will get beaten. They might win the early timeslot every night, but they won’t post many wins at 10:00pm ET. And fans will be worse off if games in St. Louis and Detroit are only available on 1-2 regional stations in Ontario and online.

But, if CBC takes TOR-BOS and SJ-VAN, they could have an anchor for their doubleheader each night and avoid these problems. CBC would probably still take ANA-DET with the fourth pick and then either NYI-PIT or NYR-WSH later on. This would mean 17 games in the Eastern Time Zone and 11 in the Pacific Time Zone. And far less conflict, especially when Canadian teams are playing. CBC would win the late timeslot every night they have a game in it, even if going head-to-head with STL-LA on TSN. And they’d still win every early timeslot with the Leafs and probably have an afternoon game from their eastern-based US series, further reducing conflicts.

And, lastly, even going head-to-head with OTT-MTL on TSN, I think NYI-PIT or NYR-WSH will get better ratings than STL-LA. Easily. And I think CBC’s ratings as a whole would be higher. Of course criticism will come from CBC picking SJ-VAN over an all-Canadian series, but will that really matter? I think TSN had MTL-OTT around three times this season, so why not a few more? For those who have cable, it will probably mean more games on TV without needing CHEX or CBC Windsor.

2013 NHL Playoffs Matchups and TV Coverage

I expect that the NHL will release their 2013 Conference Quarterfinals schedule Sunday night at 11:00pm Eastern on a special that will air on NHL Network. That’s regardless of what happens tonight. However, with about 24 hours for schedules to leak before any is officially released, I’m sure some news will come out early.

In this post I’ll list the NHL Playoff Matchups as they are confirmed, what networks will cover them, and the night the series will start. I’ll also add full schedule information once it is available. Anything that is not confirmed, but worth mentioning (probably broadcasters and current, but not final standings) is in italics. I’m assuming every series will start Tuesday or Wednesday, but that’s not confirmed. Feel free to post any information you come across in the comments.

Eastern Conference
(1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (8) New York Islanders (Game 1, Wednesday)
(2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (7) Ottawa Senators (Game 1, Wednesday)
(3) Washington Capitals vs. (6) New York Rangers
(4) Boston Bruins vs. (5) Toronto Maple Leafs

Western Conference
(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (8) Minnesota Wild (Game 1, Tuesday at 8pm)
(2) Anaheim Ducks vs. (7) Detroit Red Wings (Game 1, Tuesday at 10:30pm)
(3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (6) San Jose Sharks
(4) St. Louis Blues vs. (5) Los Angeles Kings (Game 1, Tuesday)

*The Canadiens will likely play game 1 on Tuesday.

Canadian Sports Ratings Update: February 12

Here are the latest sports ratings for the first third of February.

NFL
Kickoff Show, Feb 3, CTV: 3.196 million
SF-BAL, Feb 3, CTV: 6.447 million (+ 750, 000 on RDS)

Also worth noting that the postgame SportsCentre that aired on TSN, remember CTV didn’t really have a postgame show, averaged around a million viewers from 11pm-midnight on TSN. That is almost better than Motive, which had 1.23 million viewers on CTV.

NHL
MTL-OTT, Jan 30, RDS: 696, 000
BUF-MTL, Feb 2, RDS: 811, 000
BOS-TOR, Feb 2, CBC: 2.189 million
OTT-MTL, Feb 3, RDS: 1.052 million
CAR-TOR, Feb 4, SNO: 784, 000
BOS-MTL, Feb 6, RDS: 887, 000
WPG-OTT/EDM-DET, Feb 9, CBC: 1.054 million
TOR-MTL, Feb 9, CBC: 2.408 million
CGY-VAN, Feb 9, CBC: 1.473 million

NBA
MEM-OKC, Jan 31, TSN: 76, 000
DAL-GS, Jan 31, TSN: 26, 000
LAC-TOR, Feb 1, TSN: 309, 000
BOS-TOR, Feb 6, SN: 141, 000

All numbers are BBM 2+ average minute audiences. Thanks to Bill Brioux and Whitey Fisk.

HNIC ratings have evened out after their above-average start. The Winnipeg-Ottawa game was down close to half a million viewers compared to their encounter on opening day. Toronto-Montreal was down almost a million. After a dip to under 2 million viewers on January 26, the Prime East game has now hit the 2 million mark three times in the first four weeks of the season. The Prime West game has also drawn at least a million viewers all but once.

But, as I said, audiences have leveled out. This year’s average Hockey Day ratings for the three games are even with last season’s numbers at 1.6 million. So, in English Canada at least, the post-lockout fad has gone back to the usual ratings. No word yet on how the rest of the CBC’s daylong celebration of hockey did.

Meanwhile a revitalized Canadiens team is great news for RDS in Quebec. Canadiens ratings are surging giving RDS multiple spots in the Quebec top 30 every week so far. Through February 6 (or 8 games), the Canadiens are averaging over 900, 000 viewers on RDS. Montreal’s numbers in Quebec (on RDS) are better than the Leafs in Ontario (on Sportsnet) so far. Of course Sportsnet has shown a very limited number of Leafs games so far.

2013 Canadiens (et LNH) sur RDS

RDS va diffuse tous les matchs des Canadiens en 2013. La première diffusion est 19 janvier contre Toronto à 19:00.

Voici le calendrier de diffusion des matchs complete.

Games marked “TSN Habs” also air on TSN’s regional subfeed in Quebec, Eastern Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Remember others air nationally on TSN and CBC.

Janvier 2013
19 janvier 19h Toronto c. Canadiens
22 janvier 19h30 Floride c. Canadiens
24 janvier 19h Canadiens c. Washington (TSN-HABS)
27 janvier 18h New Jersey c. Canadiens
29 janvier 19h30 Winnipeg c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
30 janvier 19h Canadiens c. Ottawa

Février 2013
2 février 14h Buffalo c. Canadiens
3 février 14h Ottawa c. Canadiens
6 février 19h Boston c. Canadiens
7 février 19h Canadiens c. Buffalo (TSN-HABS)
9 février 19h Toronto c. Canadiens
12 février 19h30 Canadiens c. Tampa Bay
14 février 19h30 Canadiens c. Floride (TSN-HABS)
16 février 19h Philadelphie c. Canadiens
18 février 19h30 Caroline c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
19 février 19h Canadiens c. NY Rangers (TSN-HABS)
21 février 19h NY Islanders c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
23 février 19h NY Rangers c. Canadiens
25 février 19h30 Canadiens c. Ottawa
27 février 19h30 Canadiens c. Toronto

Mars 2013
2 mars 19h Pittsburgh c. Canadiens
3 mars 19h30 Canadiens c. Boston (TSN-HABS)
5 mars 19h Canadiens c. NY Islanders
7 mars 19h Canadiens c. Caroline (TSN-HABS)
9 mars 19h Canadiens c. Tampa Bay
10 mars 18h Canadiens c. Floride (TSN-HABS)
13 mars 19h Ottawa c. Canadiens
16 mars 19h Canadiens c. New Jersey
19 mars 19h30 Buffalo c. Canadiens
21 mars 19h Canadiens c. NY Islanders
23 mars 19h Buffalo c. Canadiens
26 mars 19h Canadiens c. Pittsburgh (TSN-HABS)
27 mars 19h Canadiens c. Boston
30 mars 19h NY Rangers c. Canadiens

Avril 2013
1er avril 19h30 Caroline c. Canadiens
3 avril 19h30 Canadiens c. Philadelphie
4 avril 19h30 Winnipeg c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
6 avril 19h Boston c. Canadiens
9 avril 19h30 Washington c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
11 avril 19h Canadiens c. Buffalo
13 avril 19h Canadiens c. Toronto
15 avril 19h30 Philadelphie c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
17 avril 19h Canadiens c. Pittsburgh
18 avril 19h30 Tampa Bay c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
20 avril 19h Washington c. Canadiens
23 avril 19h Canadiens c. New Jersey (TSN-HABS)
25 avril 20h Canadiens c. Winnipeg (TSN-HABS)
27 avril 19h Canadiens c. Toronto

Continuez à lire pour le calendrier de diffusion de la LNH sur RDS et RDS2.

Continue reading

Who to Follow For NHL Trade Deadline 2012

The NHL’s trade deadline is tomorrow. While TSN and Sportsnet will compete against each other for viewers, many trades are now broken on Twitter. Even in the past year the popularity of Twitter has increased exponentially. This list should include most who will break trades tomorrow. It is also a good way to avoid Bob McKenzie, James Duthie, Gord Miller, Pierre Lebrun and Nick Kypreos. It is also worth noting that ALL TSN accounts are Twitter verified for this reason. I’ll start with the national broadcasters (TSN, CBC, Sportsnet), then include some other local reporters.

Hosts
TSN: James Duthie, Gino RedaSteve Kouleas, Dave Hodge
SN: Darren Millard, Jeff Marek, Chris Simpson

Insiders
TSN: Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre Lebrun, Gord Miller
SN: Nick Kypreos, Scott Morrison, John Shannon, Mark Spector
CBC: Elliotte Friedman, Tim Wharnsby, Gord Stellick

Analysts
TSN: Marc Crawford, Aaron Ward, Mike Johnson, Craig Button, Ray Ferraro, Darren Pang
SN: Brad May, Gary Valk, Billy Jaffe, Brian Lawton, Neil Smith
CBC: Kevin Weekes

Local Reporters
Montreal Canadiens
John Lu (TSN), Louis Jean (SN), Renaud Lavoie (RDS), François Gagnon (La Presse), Tony Marinaro (TSN 990), Dave Stubbs (Montreal Gazette), Luc Gélinas (RDS)

Ottawa Senators
Brent Wallace (TSN), Ian Mendes (SN), Bruce Garrioch (Ottawa Sun)

Toronto Maple Leafs
Mark Masters (TSN), Katherine Dolan (TSN), Nabil Karim (TSN), Barry Davis (SN), Tony Ambrogio (SN), James Mirtle (The Globe), David Alter (Fan 590), Lance Hornby (Toronto Sun), Damien Cox (The Star), Dave Feschuck (The Star), Bruce Arthur (National Post), Steve Simmons (Toronto Sun)

Winnipeg Jets
Sara Orlesky (TSN), Gary Lawless (Winnipeg Free Press), Ken Wiebe (Winnipeg Sun), Paul Friesen (Winnipeg Sun)

Calgary Flames
Jermain Franklin (TSN), Roger Millions (SN), Eric Duhatschek (The Globe), Eric Francis (Calgary Sun), George Johnson (Calgary Herald), Steve McFarlane (Calgary Sun), Pat Steinberg (Fan 960)

Edmonton Oilers
Gene Principe (SN), Derek Van Diest (Edmonton Sun)

Vancouver Canucks
Dan Murphy (SN), Ryan Rishaug (TSN), Farhan Lalji (TSN), Craig MacEwen (SN), Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province), Iain MacIntyre (Vancouver Sun)

You can also follow me on Twitter.

Thanks to @alittlehghas, @kerbjack27, @hlechtzier and @chrisjamessauve for help with local reporters. If you think I missed anyone, leave a comment with a link to their Twitter account.