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#1 Kamero89

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:22 PM

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With the emergence of "dead puck" hockey returning, it seems the clutching and grabbing has caught up to the NHL. Canucks/Bruins series set a 8 year high in ratings peaking at 8.5 million viewers, game 3 of the 2012 SCFs hit a record low with 800k watching. Re-runs of Pawn Stars and Family Guy out drew the game. 3.3 million people swathed Mexico v. Brazil in the US on ESPN2 (which is available in less homes than NBC Sports Network).

These record low ratings come on the heels of 4 major Canadian newspapers all running a front page(in the sports section) criticizing how the NHL has allowed clutching and grabbing since around Feb. This has nothing to do with the markets involved. Highest rated cup final in last 15 years was NJ/Anaheim in 2003.

Source: http://www.sbnation....-2-hits-another

The Canucks/Bruins series (and all post lock out series prior) were all open ice games, with each team averaging around or close to 30 shots a game. Twice in this series a team has had less than 10 shots after 2 periods. The refs last year let a lot of BS go, but all obstruction was a penalty.

Edited by Kamero89, 05 June 2012 - 10:23 PM.

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#2 Lillooet_Hillbilly

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:24 PM

not surprised
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:27 PM

Its New Jersey vs. LA, no surprise the ratings suck.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:28 PM

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all i know is that i'm not watching for the first time in over a decade.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:29 PM

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"You are just looking at the numbers wrong. This is a good thing for the game."

As gary betmen would out it
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:30 PM

First time since I can remember I haven't watched the finals :(
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:30 PM

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Its New Jersey vs. LA, no surprise the ratings suck.

It has nothing to do with the markets. Anaheim/NJ in 2003 was the highest rated cup final in the last 15 years. Anaheim is a 7th the size(market wise) as LA, and NJ has only grown in size since. This is all about the quality of the product.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:32 PM

I tried to watch some of game 3, but I couldn't make it more than three minutes because of Glenn Healy.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:38 PM

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Maybe it's because the nba playoffs are way more interesting this year.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:39 PM

8 million to 800k


Wow that's a huge drop off
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:40 PM

It has nothing to do with the markets. Anaheim/NJ in 2003 was the highest rated cup final in the last 15 years. Anaheim is a 7th the size(market wise) as LA, and NJ has only grown in size since. This is all about the quality of the product.


Thats what I meant, it's 2 defensive boring systems against eachother.

Of course the fact that neither market is overly big doesn't help either.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:41 PM

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frack clutch and grab. frack manipulating the entire game by switching what constitutes a penalty halfway through the season. frack these pos refs that consistently ignore obvious penalties whenever the hell they feel like it. I just want some consistency! Call the penalties all of the time so that players aren't confused on what they will be called on! League is a joke.

Embarrassing ratings. Boring hockey. Most exciting series to me was the first few games of pens/flyers and that was only because the goalies were a complete gongshow.

Edited by The Brahma Bull, 05 June 2012 - 10:43 PM.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:46 PM

What if Phoenix beat LA?

It would be like have that
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:53 PM

What if Phoenix beat LA?

It would be like have that


That is extremely worrisome, b/c it looks like most of the ratings are coming from the huge LA market. No one from an objective market is tuning it at all.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:57 PM

Expected when the hockey is god damn boring.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:57 PM

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Good. I'm not watching for the first time in along time either; 0 interest in the series. This is exactly the message we need to be sending to the NHL higher-ups; hit them in the bank accounts!
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:58 PM

Even the ratings in Canada are low. Last years Grey Cup, and this years NBA Playoffs are more viewed. Those two events are both on TSN, TSN is available in less homes than CBC. That is alarming as well.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:59 PM

The sooner this is over the better.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:01 PM

Even the ratings in Canada are low. Last years Grey Cup, and this years NBA Playoffs are more viewed. Those two events are both on TSN, TSN is available in less homes than CBC. That is alarming as well.


That is just disturbing :mellow:
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:06 PM

That is just disturbing :mellow:


Should be specific, and say the NBA conference finals out did one NHL finals game(which it still huge) but it has not been continuous.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:11 PM

Since when did Canadians start caring about ratings for hockey?
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:16 PM

what you guys expect? California's don't really care about hockey. Most of them don't even know they won the game until the following day when it makes the "news" not sports, news.

They don't even know the Kings are playing for. They refer it to the "championship" When in fact its the Stanley cup. "We are going to win the championship." No really guys, I work with 2 people from L.A. Both of them don't give a crap about hockey.

Last time the ratings was this low?

2003, New Jersey vs Anahiem. coincidence? another california team vs New Jersey devils. Oh well, it was Bettman wanted anyways.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:20 PM

yep no surprise boring final
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:22 PM

Since when did Canadians start caring about ratings for hockey?


Since the quality of the product was detroyed to allow parity in the league to support weak USA markets and poor ratings along with lower ticket sales is the only to get Bettman and his moron governors to wake up and fix the game before it is ruined.

The USA consumers aren't historically hockey fans and watching the SCF is turning them off the whole NHL product by the millions.

Many thanks to the USA sports fans for recognizing what many of us have been saying for a long time...the NHL is a joke and a manipulated rpoduct that shouldn't be taken seriously until it cleans up its act and enforces the rules appropriately and consistently in a manner than allows the talented teams to dominate. Enough of this "rugby on ice" BS!!!
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:23 PM

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People these days are dazzled by star power. The NHL does a piss poor job of promoting their stars. No one but die hard fans care about Jeff Carter or Ilya Kovalchuck. The casual fan has never heard of these guys.

The NHL is reaping what it has sown. Try taking care of your stars. Maybe next time don't let Hart Trophy candidates get speed bagged in the face then give them a 10 minute penalty for getting speed bagged.

It's a joke and now the ratings reflect that. Good job Gary.

Oh and another thing, playoff games go every 2 days with out exception. When the fans have no idea when the games are on is it any wonder they don't watch?

Edited by nuckin_futz, 05 June 2012 - 11:24 PM.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:27 PM

Figured as much
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:34 PM

People these days are dazzled by star power. The NHL does a piss poor job of promoting their stars. No one but die hard fans care about Jeff Carter or Ilya Kovalchuck. The casual fan has never heard of these guys.

The NHL is reaping what it has sown. Try taking care of your stars. Maybe next time don't let Hart Trophy candidates get speed bagged in the face then give them a 10 minute penalty for getting speed bagged.

It's a joke and now the ratings reflect that. Good job Gary.

Oh and another thing, playoff games go every 2 days with out exception. When the fans have no idea when the games are on is it any wonder they don't watch?


It's funny, one of my co workers who is in l.a, (we use a messenger chat, to support each other) and he was like, something about winning the "championship" today, and my colleage from vancouver said, "the game is not tonight, " LOL
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:34 PM

Good. Couldn't be happier by this news. The NHL needs to be punished for what they've turned this league into.

I say bring on the lock out and fix this mess!
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:38 PM

all i know is that i'm not watching for the first time in over a decade.


Same for me. I've watched almost every SCF since I've been a fan, but I've hardly watched this one at all. Just occasionally glancing at the TV when my dad has it on.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 11:40 PM

Wait, who's in the finals again?
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