NFL Reluctant On Long-Term "TNF" Deal Fox Execs Impressed With FS1 Progress Schilling Bumped From "Sunday Night Baseball" NESN Sees Backlash From Orsillo Decision USOC Launching Third Team USA App Jose Bautista Refuses Sportsnet Interviews O'Brien's Softer Side Highlighted In "Hard Knocks" Joe Buck Gets New DirecTV Q&A Show Media Notes Sources: Whitlock Could Leave ESPN
SBD/January 25, 2013/Media
NHL Media Notes: Approximately 1.3 Million Tweets Produced Since Start Of Lockout
Published January 25, 2013
RATINGS WATCH: NHL Network's inaugural "Wednesday Night Rivalry" game between the Bruins and Rangers drew 956,000 viewers, marking the net's most-watched regular-season game ever. The previous record was set in last season's Flyers-Bruins season-opener, which attracted 874,000 viewers. Wednesday's game also was the most-watched regular-season game on cable in 11 years, when the Sharks-Red Wings drew 1.28 million viewers on ESPN (NHL). In St. Louis, Dan Caesar notes the average rating for the Blues' first three games "is strong." The average local rating "was 6.5, more than triple the 2.0 figure at the same point last season." In contrast, the first three Blues' telecasts in the '05-06 season -- the first following the previous lockout ended -- "had an average rating of 2.2" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 1/25).
TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF: SiriusXM's "Hockey Night In Canada" Radio host Gord Stellick "has left" to return to Sportsnet Radio's The Fan 590 in Toronto as host for its Maple Leafs coverage (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/25).