Stanley Cup ratings go up, or is it down?
Trying to make sense of the weekend sports ratings takes a greater mind than mine. (Insert appropriately cruel joke here.)
The opening game of the Stanley Cup final Saturday night took a big dive from last year's game, an 18 per cent drop, in fact. But last year, the opener was on Versus in the U.S., meaning that CBC had the game exclusively. This year, the game was on NBC and no doubt many Canadians chose to watch the American channel.
So the number of Canadians watching could be up substantially.
How many, nobody knows. So we'll call it a wash. Sunday's game was actually up 1 per cent from `08, but the same circumstances apply.
As for NBC, it scored a 3.4 rating (about 3.4 million homes) Sunday and 2.6 Saturday. That was way better than Versus did for comparable games last year, but then Versus is a tad smaller than NBC. Either way, those were good audiences for hockey on NBC.
The best news was the NBC's Stanley Cup game Sunday scored the highest among all shows in the much-coveted 18-49 age group.
It was a good weekend for the Blue Jays and for the NBA, which drew almost a quarter of a million people Saturday against the hockey game.
Here are the top English-language weekend ratings, according to BBM Nielsen Media Research overnight figures: