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Comcast SportsNet Sets New All-Time Blackhawks Ratings Record For Game 6 Coverage

by Comcast SportsNet Chicago / Chicago Blackhawks
Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most comprehensive Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage in HD, delivered its highest Blackhawks rating ever last evening (April 26) -- a 9.24 household rating for its live coverage of the Blackhawks Game 6 first round clinching victory over the Nashville Predators.

For last night’s thrilling Game 6 playoff win by the Blackhawks, Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 323,492 households for the entire game and scored a 12.63 peak rating during the 10:30 PM quarter-hour (over 442,000 households). The 9.24 single game ratings record on Comcast SportsNet shatters the previous all-time record set on May 11, 2009 for the Blackhawks second round Game 6 clinching win vs. Vancouver (7.82). During the 2009-10 “regular season,” Comcast SportsNet set an all-time single game ratings record on six occasions with the latest “regular season” record being a 4.35 household rating for a home game vs. Vancouver on March 5.

For its live coverage of five Stanley Cup Playoffs telecasts thus far, Comcast SportsNet has garnered over ONE MILLION Chicago TV households (1,054,151) tuning in for the network’s first round game coverage. Plus – Comcast SportsNet attracted an additional 584,317 households tuning in to Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live and Smirnoff Vodka Blackhawks Post Game Live throughout the first round.

The Blackhawks-Nashville first round Stanley Cup Playoff series FINAL household average on Comcast SportsNet was a 6.02 (4.84 avg. for Adults 25-54). In comparison to the first round series vs. Calgary last season, household ratings increased 33% (6.02 vs. 4.52) and Adults 25-54 ratings increased 42% (4.84 vs. 3.41). Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research.

“It has been a true honor and privilege for us to be the television home of this amazing NHL franchise led by Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Stan Bowman and the entire Blackhawks staff,” said James J. Corno, President of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. “Our record-setting television ratings are also a solid statement about the hard work and dedication from our entire staff at Comcast SportsNet and we look forward to bringing fans even more exciting second round coverage beginning later this week.”

Comcast SportsNet was also the #1-highest rated television network in the Chicago market last night for the key advertising demo of Adults 25-54 for the entire length of the game (8:00-10:45 PM), a feat Comcast SportsNet also accomplished for two other playoff telecasts in the first round. In addition, for the entire length of games, Comcast SportsNet was #1 overall in the market for Men 18-49 & Men 25-54 in all five of its first round playoff game telecasts. The Blackhawks will next take on the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference semifinals. Comcast SportsNet will be announcing its game and surrounding on-air/online coverage shortly.
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