Ratings Roundup: CSN Chicago, ESPN Hit New Highs

Comcast SportsNet 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 Vancouver Canucks. 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 the 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).

So far this season, the Blackhawks on Comcast SportsNet are averaging a 2.44 household rating, a year-to-date increase of 130% compared to last season through 42 telecasts

ESPN Posts Most-Viewed Regular-Season Men’s College Basketball Season

ESPN’s 2010 men’s college basketball coverage, featuring 131 regular-season games, was the network’s most-viewed season ever and highest rated since 2005-06. ESPN averaged 1,049,000 households, 1,359,000 viewers and a 1.1 rating for increases of 4 percent (vs. 1,005,000), 8 percent (vs. 1,258,000) and 10 percent (vs. 1.0), respectively, over last year’s 127 games.

ESPN’s most-viewed and highest-rated game of the season was the Saturday, Dec. 19, matchup of then-No. 2 Texas and then-No. 10 North Carolina, with Texas winning 103-90. The telecast averaged 2,362,000 households and a 2.4 rating. It was also the network’s most-viewed men’s college basketball game in the fourth quarter (October to December) since Dec. 18, 2001. With 2,949,000 total viewers, the matchup was the most-viewed fourth quarter men’s college basketball telecast among total viewers (adults 2 and older) since Ohio State at North Carolina on Nov. 29, 2006 (3,024,000 viewers).

ESPN2, which televised a network-record 173 games, 31 more than last year’s record highest, averaged a 0.4 rating, 372,000 households and 482,000 viewers, equal with last year.

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