SBD/Issue 93/Sports Media

Media Notes

Saints-Vikings Helps Fox Garner Monster
Rating Last Week In Adults 18-49 Demo
DAILY VARIETY's Rick Kissell reports Fox scored "one of the most lopsided victories on record last week," winning "all key measures for the week of Jan. 18-24, including a monster" 8.8 rating in adults 18-49, in part due to the ratings for the Saints-Vikings NFC Championship game. The 8.8 rating is the "biggest in-season rating for any net since the week Fox covered the Super Bowl two years ago." Fox topped the "combined delivery of the five nets closest behind it: CBS (2.4), ABC (2.1), NBC (1.7), Univision (1.4) and USA (1.0)" (DAILY VARIETY, 1/27).

CLEARING THE AIR: Canucks GM Mike Gillis yesterday said that team officials "plan to meet with staff of the CBC's 'Hockey Night in Canada' over its criticism" of LW Alex Burrows. Gillis: "We're going to meet with them and we're going to see what their reaction is and go from there." The GLOBE & MAIL's Matthew Sekeres notes the Canucks "refused CBC interview requests" during last Saturday's "HNIC" game against the Blackhawks. Gillis said that the CBC "asked for the meeting, and that the team would likely drop its 'Hockey Night' boycott so long as it receives assurances that its players and officials will be treated fairly by the broadcaster." Gillis added that the Canucks are "not looking to extract an apology" from CBC host Ron MacLean. A Canucks spokesperson said that the meeting is "planned for Friday." Sekeres noted "HNIC" staff "would be in several remote locations because of the program's Hockey Day In Canada special" on Saturday (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/27).

EXTENDING ITS LIFT TICKET: The Ski Channel has extended its rights agreement with Bonnier Mountain Group, the parent company of ski film producer Warren Miller Entertainment. Ski will continue to air Warren Miller films, as well as the series "Spills and Thrills." Ski and Bonnier said that they also are in discussions on a more integrated partnership (The Ski Channel). Ski currently reaches 23 million HHs through distributors including DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable, but the network "still does not have a deal with Comcast, which serves many of the Colorado-Utah skiing areas" (DAILY VARIETY, 1/27).

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