Five Canadian teams a win for Rogers as Cup chase begins

Wednesday marks the beginning of two months of playoff hockey and this year, viewers in Canada have reasons to cheer. Unlike last spring, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary all made the playoffs. Only Vancouver and Winnipeg missed the cut. That’s good news for Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties at Rogers. He and his… Read on



Burnett’s new Bible epic beaten by Senators

  Sunday, bloody Sunday. That’s not a movie title, that’s a ratings picture. Sunday used to be broadcast’s biggest night, but in the overnights at least, it is becoming a big indicator of a rapidly shifting media landscape. Take this past Easter Friday, April 6. Holidays are always a bit skewed but CTV seemed well… Read on


Rogers scores big with NHL debut

Rogers $5.2 billion gamble on the NHL paid its first dividend Wednesday night as over two million Canadians watched the Leafs home opener on Sportsnet. That made it the most-watched show of the night on any channel in Canada. Sportsnet’s 2,010,000 overnight, estimated take beat everything that night on CTV, Global, CIty or CBC. An… Read on


Rogers beams up new era of NHL coverage

Think of all the referee helmet cam jokes we’ll likely see next week on 22 Minutes. Like the ref accidentally leaving the cam on in the washroom, or getting caught scoping hot babes in the stands while ignoring infractions on the ice, or…the mind boggles. The helmet cam was just one of the innovations trotted out… Read on



The week in Canada: May 19-25

Except for a few Stanley Cup hockey games, the end of the regular TV season went out with a whimper for most broadcasters in Canada. Below is the evidence: MONDAY CBC continued to score with Montreal Canadiens numbers, pulling 3,374,000 with this third round game against the Rangers. CTV got cooking with the premiere of… Read on


Early Canadian team exits will dent Cup ratings

Talk about offside. CBC sweats through a long labour mess, finally gets a half-season of  Hockey Night in Canada revenues back come January, and four big Canadian market teams make the playoffs. Happy days are here again.A week or so into May and Canada’s hockey broadcasters are back on their knees recovering from the latest… Read on