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Big ratings for Blackhawks

Friday, 04.17.2009 / 2:44 PM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Quarterfinals

CHICAGO -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the Chicago Blackhawks, delivered its highest Blackhawks ratings ever Thursday, April 16, a 4.45 household rating for its live coverage of the Blackhawks-Calgary Flames in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 155,400 households for the entire game and scored a 5.9 peak rating during the 9:45 p.m. quarter-hour (over 206,000 households). The 4.45 single game ratings record on Comcast SportsNet is the regional sports network’s highest Blackhawks game rating to date and it is also the highest Blackhawks playoff game rating in 15 years (previously held on April 26, 1994 when the Blackhawks faced the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of a first round series on SportsChannel). Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research.
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