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CSN delivers the highest-rated telecast in network history for Blackhawks-Blues Game 7

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CSN delivers the highest-rated telecast in network history for Blackhawks-Blues Game 7

 

NEW All-Time BLACKHAWKS (and new CSN Chicago All-Time) TV Ratings Record: 19.07 (#1 in Chicago market); massive 15.85 rating in the key Adults 25-54 demo

Close to 663,000 Chicago TV homes watched CSN’s Game 7 coverage (7:30 – 10:30 PM);

Over 830,000 homes were tuned in during the peak quarter-hour of 10:00-10:15 PM

CSN Chicago was also #1 in the Chicago market for TEN-STRAIGHT HOURS (3:00 PM to 1:00 AM)

Chicago, IL (April 26, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, delivered its highest-rated Blackhawks game telecast in network history last evening (April 25) – a 19.07 Chicago market household rating for its live coverage of the Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1/Game 7 match-up against the St. Louis Blues.  Last night’s 19.07 household (HH) rating also shattered CSN Chicago’s previous all-time high of a 13.69 household rating for the Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers first round NBA Playoffs telecast from April 21, 2011.

For last night’s Game 7 telecast, Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 662,703 Chicago market households for the entire length of the game (7:30 – 10:30 PM CT) and posted a 23.89 peak rating during the 10:00 PM quarter-hour (over 830,000 households).  The Blackhawks-Blues Game 7 telecast also gave the network its all-time best rating in the key advertising demo category of Adults 25-54 (15.85).  Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research.

Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s TOP 5 Highest-Rated Games in network history (Chicago market household rating), dating back to the network’s launch on October 1, 2004:

  1. 19.07 – Blackhawks at STL (Rd. 1, Gm. 7 – April 25, 2016)
  2. 13.69 – Bulls at IND (Rd. 1, Gm. 3 – April 21, 2011)
  3. 13.33 – Blackhawks at VAN (Rd. 1, Gm. 7 - April 26, 2011)
  4. 12.45 – Blackhawks vs. VAN (Rd. 1, Gm. 6 – April 24, 2011)
  5. 11.82 – Blackhawks at STL (Rd. 1, Gm. 5 on April 21, 2016)

Comcast SportsNet was also the #1-highest rated television network in the Chicago market for TEN-STRAIGHT HOURS from 3:00 PM-1:00 AM among Chicago DMA households last night & in every key demographic category – which includes the Blackhawks-Blues game telecast, Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live, Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by HawkAuto.com, GMC SportsNet Central & SportsNet Central presented by Comcast Business, and SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado.  During the local news time period of 10:00-10:30 PM, the Blackhawks telecast was averaging a 19.65 household rating, which also made Comcast SportsNet #1 in the Chicago market during that highly-viewed time period as well.

Compared to last year’s first round playoff series vs. Nashville, Blackhawks first round playoff ratings on Comcast SportsNet this year posted significant ratings gains with a 22% FINAL increase for overall households (12.14 vs. 9.97) and a 17% increase for Adults 25-54 (8.85 vs. 7.57).

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident:

Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

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Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

Win one game.

That was Joel Quenneville’s message during the Blackhawks’ eight-game losing streak, which finally came to an end on Saturday night.

How about a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on home ice for a streak-breaker? Now that’s more like it.

Prior to Saturday, the Blackhawks hadn’t recorded a win in February — or a win at the United Center since Jan. 12. 

Though the Blackhawks will likely miss the playoffs for the first time since Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were rookies, a blowout win over the leaders of the Metropolitan Division Capitals had to have felt great.

"It’s a nice way to get over the hump," Toews said. "Sometimes you might just win a 2-1 game or just kind of grind it out, but it was nice for us to fill the net the way we did tonight."

Added Joel Quenneville, "Certainly feels 100 times better than coming in and trying to explain how we had a lead and were unable to sustain it. The complete 60 minutes, three periods the right way, more consistency in our game, way more pace than we’ve seen recently, composure with the puck, shooting around the net. It was fun but that’s one. Let’s see how we respond to this because there’s a lot of hockey left."

The Blackhawks are 25-26-8 with 58 points, and are 11 points out the final wild card spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild.

Among the highlights:

— Seven different Blackhawks scored: Toews, Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Artem Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman

— The Blackhawks are 74-6-4 in the regular season in which Kane and Toews both record a goal — and 41-0-0 in their last 41 games, according to NBC Sports Chicago stats guru Chris Kamka.

— Kane registered career assist No. 500, becoming the sixth Blackhawk with 500 or more. Kane is also the seventh U.S.-born player with 300-plus goals and 500-plus assists, joining Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick, Pat LaFontaine, Joe Mullen and Phil Housley, according to Kamka.

"You think about the amount of great Americans that have played the game, how many players actually play hockey in the United States... Growing up all I wanted to do was play hockey," Kane said. "That means a lot, especially when you talk about American-born players."

— DeBrincat's 22nd goal of the season has him tied for the rookie-lead with Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde. DeBrincat and Kane also lead the Blackhawks with 22 goals.