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Comcast SportsNet Delivers Highest Blackhawks Regular Season Rating To Date

by Comcast SportsNet Chicago / Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago, IL – 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 rating ever last Friday evening (March 5) -- a 4.35 household rating for its live coverage of the Blackhawks home ice battle against the conference rival Vancouver Canucks.  NOTE: This is the sixth time this season the Blackhawks have set a new all-time regular season single game ratings record on Comcast SportsNet.

For last Friday night’s thrilling 6-3 victory by the Blackhawks, Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 152,294 households for the entire game and posted a 5.18 peak rating during the 8:45 PM quarter-hour (181,352 households).  The 4.35 single game regular season ratings record on Comcast SportsNet shatters the previous record set on January 14 vs. Columbus (4.15).  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 Friday night in the key advertising demos of Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 for the entire length of the game (7:30-10:15 PM).  Comcast SportsNet was also #1 overall in the market for both Men 18-49 and Men 25-54 for the entire length of the game. 

So far this season, the Blackhawks on Comcast SportsNet are currently averaging a 2.44 household rating, a year-to-date increase of 130% compared to last season through 42 telecasts.  In addition, Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live ratings are up 230% year-to-date, while Smirnoff Vodka Blackhawks Post Game Live ratings have increased 81%.  Comcast SportsNet’s next Blackhawks telecast airs Wednesday, March 10 as the Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings (live coverage begins at 7:00 PM with Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live featuring an appearance by “Blackhawks Heritage Night” honoree Denis Savard; face-off set for 7:30 PM).  Viewers can also visit CSNChicago.com for the very latest Blackhawks news, highlights, game previews/recaps & blogs from Blackhawks “Insider” Brett Ballantini, along with exclusive videos and much more.

Comcast Sports Group operates 10 sports networks that cover more than 2,400 live sporting events annually and deliver comprehensive sports news and analysis to 50 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. 
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