CSN Chicago Scores Record Bulls, Blackhawks Ratings On Thursday Night


A Second City tripleheader produced ratings second to none for Comcast SportsNet Chicago on Thursday night.
The RSN scored record ratings for its playoff coverage of the National Basketball Association Chicago Bulls and National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks, while spillover service CSN+ aired the Major League Baseball's White Sox game against the Tampa Bay Rays. All three Chicago teams prevailed on April 21.
The Bulls' 88-84 win, extending the club to a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, netted an RSN-best 13.69 rating and 479,506 households in the Chicago DMA. The game, which peaked with a 21.05 mark and 737,000 households during the 8:15 p.m. (CT) quarter hour, shattered CSN Chicago's previous all-time high of a 7.62 rating, set just this past Monday on April 18 for Game 2 of the Bulls-Pacers. Moreover, the Thursday night Bulls' tally now stands as the network's highest rated game - for any team - since it debuted in October 2004.
For their part, the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks continued their rally from the brink of elimination with a second straight win over the Vancouver Canucks, 5-0. The Game 5 telecast averaged a 10.58 rating and 370,575 households in the Windy City environs, peaking with a 12.30 and 430,820 households in the 10:30 p.m. quarter hour. Thursday night's telecast eclipsed the RSN's previous all-time hockey high set on May 5, 2010. That Game 3 of the second round series versus Vancouver averaged a 10.14 household rating, according to network officials.
For their part, the Chisox averaged a 1.03 rating on CSN+, not bas give the marquee hometown competition. All told, White Sox telecasts are ahead 14% thus far in the 2011 campaign.
Together, the three games delivered a combined 25.3 household rating and some 886,158 Chicago TV households. Further, during the six-hour time period of 6 p.m. to midnight, Comcast SportsNet averaged an 11.8 household rating and a 7.5 mark among adults 25 to 54, making it far and away the most-watched network in the market that night, according to RSN officials