Chicago Would Like In On Our Little Party

Chicago, IL (April 25, 2011) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most comprehensive coverage of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, delivered its highest Blackhawks rating ever last evening (April 24) — a 12.45 household rating for its live coverage of the Blackhawks Game 6 first round, home ice victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

For last night’s pulse-pounding playoff OT win by the Blackhawks forcing a Game 7 on Tuesday night (NOTE: Game 7 coverage begins at 8:30 PM on CSN+, game will air on both Comcast SportsNet & CSN+ immediately following the conclusion of the Bulls game at approx. 9:45pm), Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 436,074 households for the entire game and scored a massive 16.9 peak rating during the 9:45 PM quarter-hour (approx. 592,000 households). The 12.45 single game ratings record on Comcast SportsNet shatters the previous all-time record set last week on April 21 for the Blackhawks first round, Game 5 win at Vancouver (10.58). In addition, Comcast SportsNet also posted new all-time household ratings records last night for Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live(3.43) and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live (5.32 for households, 5.81 for Adults 25-54). Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research.

Comcast SportsNet was also the #1-highest rated television network in the Chicago market last night for households and every key male & adult demographic for the entire length of the game (6:30-10:00 PM). In addition, for households and every key demographic (including Adults 25-54), Comcast SportsNet was the #1-highest rated network in the Chicago market from 6:00 – 11:30 PM, which included the network’s airing of Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, the Blackhawks vs. Vancouver game telecast, Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live and back-to-back airings of GMC SportsNet Central.

For its live coverage of six Stanley Cup Playoffs first round telecasts thus far, Comcast SportsNet has garnered approx. 1.71 MILLION Chicago TV households tuning in for the network’s Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs game coverage. Plus – Comcast SportsNet has attracted close to ONE MILLION households (965,000) tuning in to Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live so far this playoff season.

In comparison to Comcast SportsNet’s first round playoff series last season (NOTE: Blackhawks faced Nashville last year in the first round), Household ratings this year for the first round are up 35% (8.13 vs. 6.02) andAdults 25-54 ratings have increased 46% (7.04 vs. 4.84)

Please note the following key details for Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of Game 7 TOMORROW NIGHT (Tue, Apr. 26)…

9:00 PM – BLACKHAWKS at VANCOUVER in HD (Rd. 1, Gm. 7) – LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSN+

· IMPORTANT NOTE: Beginning at 9:00pm, the Blackhawks game will start exclusively on CSN+…the game will then air on BOTH Comcast SportsNet and CSN+ immediately following the conclusion of the Bulls game (approx. 9:45pm)


· Featuring Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk with the game call

· “Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live” with hosts Chris Boden and Steve Konroyd will begin at 8:30 PM on CSN+ &…“Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live” airs immediately following the game on Comcast SportsNet & CSN+.


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