Two sources posted the NHL opening night game between the Detroit Red Wing and Toronto Maple Leafs was the most watched regular season game for the network. This is great news in my opinion.
From John Consoli Mediaweek:
The Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs season opening National Hockey League game on Versus network on Oct. 9 was the most-watched regular season game ever on the network, drawing 572,897 viewers.
The game was part of a doubleheader telecast that night. The other game, the Boston Bruins vs. the Colorado Avalanche, which drew more than 300,000 viewers. The combined games averaged 413,892 viewers, a 33 percent increase over the opening night doubleheader on Versus last season.
The two games cumulatively showed big gains in male audience, with men 18-34 up 82 percent, men 18-49 up 57 percent, and men 25-54 up 45 percent.
And from Kevin Allen at USAToday:
Thursday's telecast of the Toronto Maple Leafs' 3-2 win vs. the Detroit Red Wings was the most-watched regular-season game on Versus in terms of households (360,944) and total viewers (572,897).
Versus also had its best-ever opening-night ratings, with its Detroit Red Wings-Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins-Colorado Avalanche doubleheader. The combined average viewership of the two games was up 17% (353,269 to 413,892) from last year.