Stanley Cup Playoffs: Good Start For Versus

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Viewership increased by double-digits for the opening night of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Versus.

Versus averaged 534,000 viewers for coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Wednesday night, up 12% from last year, and the network’s best start to the postseason since acquiring NHL rights in the 2005-06 season.

In particular, the Red Wings’ Game 1 win over the Coyotes earned a 0.3 U.S. rating and 484,000 viewers. That was followed by nearly one-hour of joined-in-progress coverage of Rangers/Capitals Game 1, which drew a 0.4 and 673,000 viewers.

In the nightcap, the defending champion Blackhawks’ loss to the Canucks earned a 0.3 and 540,000 viewers.

(Numbers from Puck the Media, Son of the Bronx)

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