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Bulls on CSN post significant year-to-year TV ratings increases

Bulls on CSN post significant year-to-year TV ratings increases

CHICAGO BULLS ON COMCAST SPORTSNET POST SIGNIFICANT TV RATINGS INCREASES FOR 11-12 CAMPAIGN COMPARED TO LAST SEASON

2011-12 Season Average Increased 29 for Households (up 57 for Adults 25-54) compared to 10-11;Top 3 Highest-Rated regular season games in network history have occurred this season;Significant Increases for McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live & Kia Bulls Post Game Live

Chicago, IL (April 27, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls (who, for the second-straight season, finished the regular season with the NBAs best overall record; tied with San Antonio at 50-16), posted solid television ratings increases for the 11-12 regular season campaign -- a 5.81 household season average rating (approx. 203,000 households watching per game) -- a 29 increase over last seasons 4.50 final average -- a 145 increase from the final season average two years ago (2.37) -- a 186 increase from the final season average three years ago (2.03) -- and a 232 increase from four years ago (1.75).

The 5.81 final regular season average on Comcast SportsNet is also the highest Bulls regular season average on any Chicago regional sports network in 14 years (since the 97-98 season). Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research. Note the following additional Comcast SportsNetBulls regular season TV ratings highlights from this season:

The Top 3 highest-rated Bulls regular season games in Comcast SportsNet Chicago history have all occurred THIS season (network launched in October of 2004) with the networks all-time high posted on January 25 vs. Indiana (8.73).

16 Bulls telecasts on Comcast SportsNet this season (out of a total of 35 games) averaged at least a 6.0 household ratinglast season (in 42 total regular season telecasts), only three games averaged at least a 6.0 rating.

27 Bulls telecasts on Comcast SportsNet this season averaged at least a 5.0 household ratinglast season, 16 games (out of 42 total telecasts) averaged at least a 5.0 rating.

Comcast SportsNet also experienced solid year-to-year ratings increases in the key advertiser demo categories of Adults 18-49 & Adults 25-54 with both demo categories averaging a 3.3 rating, which is up 57 from last season for each demo.

In addition to its game ratings success, for Adults 25-54, Comcast SportsNets McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live ratings finished up 20 compared to last season, while Kia Bulls Post Game Live ratings increased 59.

Comcast SportsNet will continue its comprehensive coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference 1-seeded Chicago Bulls charge throughout the 2012 NBA Playoffs with live Round 1Game 1 coverage against the Philadelphia 76ers starting on Saturday, April 28 at 11:30 AM. Additional games include: Tue, May 1 at 6:30 PM (Game 2), Fri, May 4 at 6:30 PM (Game 3), along with Games 5-7 (if nec.).

The always-entertaining announcing tandem of Neil Funk and Stacey King will have the hometown call for every Bulls first round playoff game on Comcast SportsNet. In addition, viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com 247 for the very latest BullsNBA Playoffs news, highlights, game previewsrecaps & blogs from Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam, along with exclusive videos and much more.

Power Rankings Roundup: So far, the Bears are who they thought they were

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Power Rankings Roundup: So far, the Bears are who they thought they were

As the Power Rankings come rolling in today, the Bears once again find themselves stuck in the middle. Khalil Mack draws national eyes even during 3 p.m. games in Arizona, but with those eyes comes a healthy dose of skepticism for Mitchell Trubisky. The NFC North kinda stumbled out the gate here, and the Bears sitting in 1st place at the quarter mark has garnered them some deserved praise. Still, there's a clear distrust in the Bears so far. Here's what they're saying: 

Ours: #11 (whatever), up 6:
Probably another overreaction, because thier offense is BAD. But that defense is good enough to carry them into the playoffs.

NFL.com: #17, down 3
The new NFC North terror, Khalil Mack, was at it again. Mitch Trubisky was more like north of terrible. He isn't losing games, but he isn't exactly helping this otherwise-ready-for-prime-time team win, either.

ESPN.com: #18, up 5
While the Bears rank second in plays per drive at 6.2, they are 29th in touchdowns per drive at 12.5 percent. Part of that reason: They rank 27th in red zone efficiency TD.

USA Today: #18, down 3
Khalil Mack among four players on pace to collect 21½ sacks this season. Meanwhile, Raiders on pace to collect league-low 16 collectively.

SB Nation: #13
I simply can’t put them higher than the Packers seeing the Packers beat them already. Mack is looking like he plays Michael Schofield every week. Maybe he needed to get out of Oakland to see his true potential?

CBS Sports: #16, up 8
They are leading the division after three weeks and easily could be undefeated. That defense is legit.

Sporting News: #16, up 2
The Khalil Mack trade is paying huge dividends, especially with Mitchell Trubisky struggling to move the ball consistently.

Fansided: #17, no change
The Bears are lucky to stay put after that showing. Yikes.

Yahoo Sports: #17, up 1
The offensive struggles are why the Bears aren’t higher on this list. The defense is really good, however.

How both the Cubs and Cardinals could pop champagne at Wrigley Field on Friday

How both the Cubs and Cardinals could pop champagne at Wrigley Field on Friday

The Cubs face-off with their hated rival Cardinals this weekend as both clubs enter this week in position to nab a postseason spot. The Cubs are only five wins away from winning their 3rd straight NL Central division title while the Cardinals are clinging onto the final Wild Card spot in the NL. And with both teams gearing up to finish the season playing each, Gordon Wittenmyer from the Chicago Sun-Times broke down a scenario where the Cubs and Cardinals clinch Friday night. 

This scenario relies on the Cubs winning Friday night against the Cardinals, who have been a pesky thorn in the side of the Cubs winning 9 of the 16 meetings this season. But if the Cubs are able to prevail Friday, it would give both the Cubs and Cardinals the chance to celebrate at Wrigley Field, while also making the final two games of the season just rest days for the starters. 

As weird as it would be to see both the Cubs and Cardinals celebrating a postseason birth, I'm sure fans wouldn't mind the Cardinals have their moment as long as it means the Cubs are partying as well. Of course, all that partying would have to be done either late Friday night or Saturday because the Cubs and Cardinals play at 1:20 pm on Friday whereas Colorado plays at 7:10 pm.