Blackhawks Heartbreak Turns Into Terrific Ratings

Chicago, IL (April 27, 2011) – For the second time in five days, Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, White Sox and Cubs, posted its biggest night of television ratings in network history last evening (Tue, April 26) with its coverage of three, live pro events in one evening — Bulls/NBA Playoffs Round 1, Game 5 vs. Indiana, Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1, Game 7 at Vancouver and a White Sox regular season telecast at New York Yankees on CSN+ — delivering a “combined” 25.62 household rating (approx. 897,366 Chicago TV households watching the three telecasts). The 25.62 “combined” rating eclipses the previous single night record for the network, set just last week when live coverage of the Bulls, Blackhawks and White Sox delivered a 25.30 “combined” rating.

In just the past five days, Comcast SportsNet posted its TOP 5 Highest-Rated games in network history:

1) 13.69 – Bulls at IND (Rd. 1, Gm. 3 on April 21)

2) 13.33 – Blackhawks at VAN (Rd. 1, Gm. 7 on April 26)

3) 12.45 – Blackhawks vs. VAN (Rd. 1, Gm. 6 on April 24)

4) 10.93 – Bulls vs. IND (Rd. 1, Gm. 5 on April 26)

5) 10.58 – Blackhawks at VAN (Rd. 1, Gm. 5 on April 21)

Last night’s historic evening on Comcast SportsNet was highlighted by a NEW ALL-TIME RATINGS RECORD for a Blackhawks telecast (13.33 household, which was #1 in the market from 9:00 PM – 12:15 AM) and a #1 market ranking for its Bulls telecast (10.93 household rating, game ran from 7:00 – 9:45 PM; it was the second highest-rated Bulls game in network history).

In addition, during the eight-hour time period of 5:30 PM – 1:30 AM, Comcast SportsNet was the #1 most-watched network in the Chicago market with an 8.43 household “average” during this time period, along with a 6.84 “average” for Adults 25-54 (also #1 overall in the market). This expansive, live, eight-hour time period included airings of “Chicago Tribune Live,” “SportsNet Central,” “Bulls Pre-Game Live,” the Bulls-Pacers game telecast, the Blackhawks-Canucks game telecast, “Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live” and “SportsNet Central.” Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research. Please note the following record-breaking ratings highlights for Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks and Bulls telecasts last evening:

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1, Game 7 at Vancouver)

NEW ALL-TIME RATINGS RECORD on Comcast SportsNet: 13.33 household rating

For last night’s thrilling Round 1, Game 7 Blackhawks OT battle against the host Vancouver Canucks, Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 466,897 households for the entire length of the game and posted a massive 18.35 peak rating during the 9:45 PM quarter-hour (approx. 642,727 households). The 13.33 single game Blackhawks ratings record on Comcast SportsNet beats the network’s previous all-time high set just last Sun, Apr. 24 for Game 6 of this series (12.45 household rating). NOTE: Comcast SportsNet set consecutive all-time Blackhawks ratings records in its last three Stanley Cup Playoff telecasts.

Comcast SportsNet was also the #1-highest rated television network in the Chicago market last night for all TV Households and EVERY key demographic, including Adults 25-54 (11.74 rating in this demo), for the entire length of the Blackhawks game (9:00 PM -12:15 AM). During the local news time period of 10:00-10:30 PM, Comcast SportsNet was again #1 in the market scoring a 15.51 household average.

Compared to last year’s first round playoff series vs. Nashville, Blackhawks first round playoff ratings on Comcast SportsNet this year posted significant ratings gains with a 47% FINAL overall increase for households and a 59% increase for Adults 25-54.

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