Hometown Hockey is still a thing apparently (screenshot via YouTube/City)
Who would’ve ever thought we’d see the day that hockey would play second fiddle to baseball? Well, with the Jays in the playoffs, the second season premiere of Hometown Hockey featuring the Canadiens and Senators on October 11 got pushed over to Sportsnet One (after already being demoted from City to Sportsnet), and it only attracted 372,000 viewers.
The Jays probably aren’t the only ones to blame for Hometown Hockey’s pitiful ratings as football typically has a stranglehold on Sundays. Plus there’s The Walking Dead, Quantico and whatever other scripted nonsense you have on the broadcast networks and cable. I didn’t come across the Hometown Hockey pre-game show on the list of top-25 sporting events for the weekend, so I’m guessing it drew south of 163,000 viewers. That just adds insult to injury.
In any case, Rogers probably doesn’t really care much that Hometown Hockey is getting steamrolled because the Jays are pulling in record-breaking numbers on Sportsnet. (Monday’s Jays game nearly hit 4.4 million viewers!) However, when the World Series comes to a close or if the Jays get eliminated early, they better hope things pick up for Hometown Hockey. Continue reading
RDS (logo via Wikimedia)
Montreal, April 13, 2015—Starting this Wednesday, RDS will go into full playoff mode, with its entire team of hockey experts, hosts and correspondents committed to giving 100% every night so that fans can experience NHL playoff fever right until the winning team hoists the Stanley Cup.
- Starting at 4 p.m. ET, Luc Bellemare gets the ball rolling on SPORTS 30 LE MAGAZINE, with the support of an extensive team of experts who preview the day’s games.
- At 4:30 p.m. ET, Yanick Bouchard and Frédéric Plante continue the conversation with the 5 À 7 Assisted by their colleagues, they offer a unique look at the latest playoff news.
Sportsnet (logo via Wikimedia)
TORONTO (April 12, 2015) The stage is finally set – and what a spectacular stage it is. Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada this morning announced its 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs first round broadcast schedule, featuring five Canadian NHL teams for the first time since 2004, and wall-to-wall coverage of all eight series.
The first puck drops on Wednesday, April 15 with four games, including two all-Canadian matchups:
- 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT – Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens (CBC)
- 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT – New York Islanders at Washington Capitals (Sportsnet)
- 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT – Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators (Sportsnet 360)
- 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT – Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks on (CBC)
For the first time ever, all Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final games will be available on Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE. (See full broadcast schedule below). Continue reading