FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
COMCAST SPORTSNET DELIVERS ITS HIGHEST CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS REGULAR SEASON GAME RATING TO DATE
NEW RECORD: Last Night’s Blackhawks-Wild battle attracts 274,000 Households on Comcast SportsNet; Network #1 in Chicago market from 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM
RECORD STREAK: 18 of the Top 19 Highest-Rated Blackhawks regular season games in Network History have already occurred this season
Chicago, IL (March 6, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the NHL record-setting 20-0-3 Chicago Blackhawks, delivered its highest Blackhawks regular season rating ever last evening (March 5) — a 7.86 household rating for its live coverage of the Blackhawks home ice battle against the Minnesota Wild.
For last night’s thrilling 5-3 victory by the Blackhawks, which added to the team’s all-time NHL record for most consecutive games to open a season earning at least one point, Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 274,00 households in the Chicago market for the entire game and posted a 9.24 “peak” rating during the 10:00 PM quarter-hour (approx. 322,000 households tuning in). The 7.86 single game regular season ratings record on Comcast SportsNet shatters the previous record set last week on February 28 for the Blackhawks road game at St. Louis (7.54). Comcast SportsNet was also the #1 in the market for five-straight hours (7:00 PM – 12:00 AM) in a number of key advertising demos, including Adults 25-54. Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research overnights.
Including last night’s record-breaking rating on Comcast SportsNet, 18 of the Top 19 highest-rated regular season Blackhawks games in Chicago regional sports network history have already occurred this season. The current Top 10 all-time, highest-rated Blackhawks regular season games are as follows:
1) 7.86 – Blackhawks vs. MIN (March 5, 2013)
2) 7.54 – Blackhawks at STL (February 28, 2013)
3) 7.41 – Blackhawks vs. VAN (February 19, 2013)
4) 6.60 – Blackhawks vs. EDM (February 25, 2013)
5) 6.59 – Blackhawks vs. SJ (February 22, 2013)
6) 6.38 – Blackhawks vs. CBJ (March 1, 2013)
7) 6.31 – Blackhawks vs. DET (January 27, 2013)
8) 5.90 – Blackhawks vs. CBJ (February 24, 2013)
9) 5.70 – Blackhawks at PHX (February 7, 2013)
10) 5.58 – Blackhawks vs. ANA (February 12, 2013)
So far this season through 19 games, the Blackhawks on Comcast SportsNet are currently averaging a 5.69 household rating, an increase of 94% compared to last season through 19 telecasts. In addition, note the following demo increases in the following categories: Adults 18-49 (up 103%), Adults 25-54 (up 80%), Men 18-49 (up 112%) and Men 25-54 (up 89%).
Comcast SportsNet’s next Blackhawks telecast airs Friday, March 8 on Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN+) as the Blackhawks seek to extend the all-time NHL record for best start to a season as they travel to face the Colorado Avalanche (live coverage gets underway with Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live at 7:30 PM; face-off set for 8:00 PM). Fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com/channel-finder for the exact CSN+ channel location in their area. Also, Friday’s Blackhawks-Avalanche game will be joined in progress on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location immediately following Bulls Post Game Live. Viewers can also visit CSNChicago.com 24/7 for the very latest Blackhawks news, highlights, game previews/recaps & blogs from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers, along with exclusive videos and much more.