CSN Chicago Posts Record Ratings During April, May

Fueled by two Stanley Cup Playoffs series victories, first-round coverage of the NBA Playoffs, and the start of another baseball season on both sides of town, Comcast SportsNet Chicago delivered record-setting television ratings during the six-week time period of April 1 through May 16.

Over the past six-plus weeks, CSN Chicago televised 66 live professional games and amassed total viewing audience of close to 6.5 million Chicago TV households – an all-time high.  During this 46-day period, the network aired 14 Chicago Blackhawks games (five regular season/nine playoffs), six Chicago Bulls games (three regular season/three playoffs), 18 Chicago Cubs games, 23 Chicago White Sox games, and three Chicago Fire games. In addition, the network set a new weekly record amassing over 1.6 million homes tuning in for 11 live pro events from May 3-9.

In addition, CSN Chicago garnered an additional 3.5 million Chicago TV homes tuning in for all live editions of Pre-Game Live and Post Game Live, including a record-breaking 4.5 household rating for Smirnoff Vodka Blackhawks Post Game Live on May 5 (approx. 157,545 homes).

“The past six weeks have demonstrated the incredible passion of Chicago sports fans and the depth of our local sports coverage,” says James J. Corno, President of CSN Chicago.  “We understand how much Chicago sports fans love their teams and that’s why our programming goes beyond game coverage with expert insight, analysis and the very latest local sports news that’s important to our fan base.  Naturally, none of this would be possible without the enormous success and popularity of our pro team partners and I credit their staffs, along with our distributors and everyone here at Comcast SportsNet, for making the most of this very exciting time in Chicago sports history.”

Also, during the past six weeks (averaging in all nights when it carried a live pro game telecast), Comcast SportsNet was the No. 1-highest rated cable television network in the Chicago market for all major TV ratings categories including Households and the key advertising demo of Adults 25-54 during primetime (7:00-10:00 PM).  In addition, Comcast SportsNet was #1 “overall” in primetime (which includes all broadcast TV stations) in the market for the demo categories of Men 18-34 and Men 18-49.

The top spotlight during this six-week time period belonged to the Chicago Blackhawks as CSN Chicago notched its top 5 highest rated games ever to air on the network since it launched in October 2004 (including every Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox telecast).

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