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Cubs post massive year-to-year TV ratings increases on Comcast SportsNet

Cubs post massive year-to-year TV ratings increases on Comcast SportsNet

Cubs Household Ratings Increase 110% compared to April 2014 (up 135% among Adults 25-54);

Significant Increase as well for “Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois”

Chicago, IL (April 30, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs, posted significant television ratings for the first month of the 2015 MLB season, which resulted in solid game & post-game ratings increases compared to last April. 

Comcast SportsNet’s Cubs ratings averaged a 3.28 household rating in April (approx. 114,055 Chicago market TV households watching per game)-- a 110% increase over last April’s 1.56 average.  The 3.28 Chicago market household average is also the highest April Cubs average on Comcast SportsNet in SIX YEARS (4.51 avg. in 2009).

Comcast SportsNet also experienced notable April ’15 vs. April ‘14 ratings increases in EVERY key advertising demo category, including Men 18-34 (up 102%)…Men 18-49 (up 175%)…Men 25-54 (up 184%)…Adults 18-34 (up 98%)…Adults 18-49 (up 165%)…and Adults 25-54 (up 135%). 

Earlier this month on April 14 vs. Cincinnati and April 18 vs. San Diego, Comcast SportsNet delivered its highest Cubs regular season game ratings in four years as these back-to-back CSN telecasts each posted a 4.22 household rating (approx. 146,742 Chicago market households tuning in for each game).

Through its first ten telecasts this season, Comcast SportsNet’s Cubs game ratings have already averaged “at least” a 3.8 household rating on six occasions.  The network’s highest-rated Cubs game in 2014 (among 80 total game telecasts) was a 3.4 (occurred on May 5 vs. White Sox).

In addition to its ratings increases for game telecasts, Comcast SportsNet’s Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinoishousehold ratings went up 94% compared to last April.  Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research.

Comcast SportsNet will carry the next two Cubs games: TOMORROW - Friday, May 1 vs. Milwaukee (coverage begins at 12:30 PM with Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group; first pitch at 1:20 PM) and Saturday, May 2 vs. Milwaukee (coverage begins at 12:30 PM with Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group; first pitch begins at 1:20 PM).  Viewers can also visit CSNChicago.com 24/7 for the very latest Cubs news, highlights, game previews/recaps, channel locations, along with exclusive videos and much more.

Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style

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Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style

Tim Anderson turned 24 on Saturday and celebrated the occasion with a bang.

Anderson smashed a three-run home run in the first inning against the A's. It was actually his first swing on his birthday. Anderson took the first two pitches before launching the 1-1 pitch over the right field fence.

That home run, Anderson's 13th of the year, gave the White Sox a 5-0 lead. Things took an ugly turn later in the game with Oakland winning 7-6. Dylan Covey left in the fifth with a hip injury, which manager Rick Renteria said will be evaluated tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.

Anderson finished 2-for-4 on his birthday. He later added a single, a stolen base and a run in the sixth inning.

Anderon's power surge this year has him on pace to blow past his 17 homers from a year ago. He is four shy of last year's total and has done so in just under half as many plate appearances.

Bears receive Sports Illustrated's top offseason grade in NFC North

Bears receive Sports Illustrated's top offseason grade in NFC North

The Chicago Bears are less than one month from the start of training camp, but the praise for general manager Ryan Pace's offseason continues to pour in.

Pace and the Bears received an A for their offseason -- the best grade in the NFC North -- from Sports Illustrated. A big part of the perfect score was the overhaul at wide receiver.

Chicago had one of the weakest receiving groups in the NFL last season—the team ranked dead last in passing yards per game (175.7)—so that position was clearly an area of focus this offseason for general manager Ryan Pace. The additions of Allen Robinson from Jacksonville, Taylor Gabriel from Atlanta and Anthony Miller via the draft will boost a stagnant group, assuming Robinson returns fully healthy from last September’s ACL tear. If 2015 first-round pick Kevin White can stay healthy for a full season for the first time in his ill-fated career, it’s an added bonus.

Much is expected from the revamped group of pass-catchers even though none of them have an overwhelming history of production. Robinson had a dominant season in 2015 (1,400 yards, 14 touchdowns), but his last two seasons involved mediocre production in 2016 and a torn ACL in Week 1 last year. Gabriel's never topped more than 621 yards in a season and tight end Trey Burton has been a backup his whole career. Miller has yet to play a snap in the NFL and White, now entering his fourth season, is still looking for his first touchdown catch.

Mitch Trubisky has a lot of work to do once training camp kicks off. Not only must he master coach Matt Nagy's offense, but he must do so while building chemistry with all of his new receivers. Growing pains will happen, but the upside and expectations for the Bears in 2018 are higher than they've been in many years, and it's all because of a great offseason had by the front office.