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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).

NHL Draft Profile: F Oliver Wahlstrom

NHL Draft Profile: F Oliver Wahlstrom

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Oliver Wahlstrom

Position: Right wing
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 205 pounds
Shoots: Right

Scouting report:

"Wahlstrom already has an NHL-caliber shot with a quick release and the ability to create space for himself and linemates. He's most known for his goal-scoring ability and elite shot, and can hit a one-timer as good or better than many professional players."

NHL player comparable: Phil Kessel

Fit for Blackhawks:

The Blackhawks would probably prefer to take a defenseman at No. 8, but because four of them might go inside the Top 7, the best available player on the board is likely to be a forward. And there's a decent chance that could be Wahlstrom.

Wahlstrom would immediately become Chicago's top prospect, and a player that has the potential to slide into the top six when he reaches the NHL — whenever that may be.

He's committed to college for the 2018-19 season, so it's doubtful he would join the team until at least 2019-20, but Blackhawks vice president of amateur scouting Mark Kelley said in our draft preview edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast that it wouldn't deter them from picking him. 

And it shouldn't, because you don't want to waste a player of his caliber's entry-level years developing in the minors if he's not ready yet.

"I think the way we would evaluate it is, we project them, we try to get a timeline on when we think they might be NHL ready," Kelley said. "But we're also looking for where they are in their development curve and want their ceiling is. I think in some players, you have to be a little bit more patient for them to reach their ceiling. That doesn't necessarily mean that players can't exceed their development curve, I think we saw that with Alex DeBrincat last year."

NHL Draft Profile: D Rasmus Dahlin

NHL Draft Profile: D Rasmus Dahlin

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Rasmus Dahlin

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 181 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"Is the clear-cut No. 1, pro ready prospect for the 2018 draft. He has the skating, skills and elite hockey sense that can dictate the style of play and the pace of a game, whether it's with or without the puck. He finds ways to contribute and get the job done in all situations."

NHL player comparable: Nicklas Lidstrom

Fit for Blackhawks:

There is zero chance the Blackhawks can snag Dahlin, because it's highly unlikely the Buffalo Sabres would consider moving out of the No. 1 spot, and even if they did it would require a king's ransom. But for the sake of this exercise, what would Dahlin do for the Blackhawks organization?

Well, he's a player who immediately slots into your Top 4 and has the potential to emerge as Chicago's best defenseman in the next year or two. We're seeing it in Boston with Charlie McAvoy, Philadelphia with Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov, and Columbus with Zach Werenski and Seth Jones where these young defensemen are changing the directions of their franchise's.

That's what Dahlin would do for the Blackhawks, who are in desperate need of a young, impact blue liner. Now back to reality.