Chicago, IL (December 9, 2009) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the NHL Western Conference/Central Division first place Chicago Blackhawks, delivered its highest Blackhawks regular season ratings ever last night (Wed, December 9) -- a 3.03 household rating for its live coverage of the Blackhawks “Original Six” home ice battle against the New York Rangers.
For last night’s thrilling overtime victory by the Blackhawks, Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 106,080 households for the entire game and posted a 3.9 peak rating during the 9:30 PM quarter-hour (136,539 households). The 3.03 single game regular season ratings record on Comcast SportsNet shatters the previous record set earlier this season on October 14 vs. Edmonton (2.70). Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research overnights.
Comcast SportsNet was also the #1-highest rated television network in the Chicago market last night in the demos of Men 18-49 & Men 25-54 during the game time period of 9:00-10:00 PM. Comcast SportsNet was also #3 overall in the market in the key advertiser demo of Adults 25-54 from 9:30-10:00 PM.
So far this season, the Blackhawks on Comcast SportsNet are currently averaging a 1.81 household rating, a year-to-date increase of 78% compared to last season through 19 telecasts. In addition, Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live ratings are up 123%, while Smirnoff Vodka Blackhawks Post Game Live ratings have increased 52%. Comcast SportsNet’s next Blackhawks telecast airs tomorrow night (Friday, December 11) as the Blackhawks visit the Buffalo Sabres (pre-game coverage to air on Chicago Tribune Live at 5:30 PM, face-off at 6:30 PM). Viewers can also visit CSNChicago.com for the very latest Blackhawks news, game previews/recaps, blogs, videos and much more.
Comcast Sports Group operates 10 sports networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and sports news and analysis to 40 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast Sports Group’s networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. – Mountain West Sports Network, and CSS. Comcast Sports Group also manages New England Cable News (NECN), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.