Comcast SportsNet Sets Ratings Record for Blackhawks
Highest rated net in Chicago market for adults 25-54 during 6-11:30 p.m.
By Tim Baysinger -- Broadcasting & Cable, 4/25/2011 1:59:46 PM
Roughly 436,074 households watched the Blackhawks' victory over the Vancouver Canucks, including a peak rating of 16.9 (592,000 households). Comcast SportsNet also set new records for Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live (3.43) and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live (5.32 overall, 5.81 adults 25-54).
CSN Chicago was the highest rated network within the Chicago market for adults 25-54 from 6-11:30 p.m. Roughly 1.7 million viewers have tuned into the network's coverage of the first six games of Chicago Blackhawks playoff run, up 35% for household ratings from last year, and up 46% in adults 25-54.
The previous record, a 10.58 rating, was set just last week on April 21.
With the Blackhawks tomorrow night (April 26th) looking to become only the fourth NHL team (and just the fifth team in any of the three pro sports that use a best-of-seven playoff series format) to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the series, look for Game 7 to be far and away the most watched hockey game of the year in Chicago, in spite of the 9:05 P.M. CDT start.
In fact, it likely will be the third most-watched Blackhawks' game in Chicago television history, behind only the Stanley Cup-clinching games of 1961 and last year.
There are going to be a lot of sleepy people in the Windy City on Wednesday morning.
Joseph - 4/25/2011 4:10:48 PM EDT
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