Like the Blackhawks, Comcast SportsNet Chicago put more than a few viewers in the back of its net last night.
Chicago's 5-2 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks, which gave it a 2-1 edge in their second-round National Hockey League playoff match, produced a 10.14 household rating for CSN Chicago in the DMA, the RSN's best-ever hockey rating, according to Nielsen data.
CSN Chicago averaged 355,001 households for the entire game, peaking with a 12.45 rating and 435,875 households during the 10 p.m. quarter-hour.
The May 5 contest topped the previous all-time record of a 9.24 set on April 26, when the Blackhawks clinched their opening round triumph over the Nashville Predators in Game 5. Moreover, CSN
Chicago also posted new all-time household ratings records last night for Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live (2.18) and Smirnoff Vodka Blackhawks Post Game Live (4.48).
The RSN's coverage of Games 2 and 3 of the series against Vancouver averaged a 9.44 rating, 147% more than the 3.82 last season for the corresponding contests, while the adults 25-to-54 mark improved 139% to a 7.47 from a 3.13 with the demo last season. The Blackhawks defeated the Canucks in six games during their 2009 playoff series.
For its live coverage of seven Stanley Cup Playoffs telecasts thus far in 2010 -- five first-round matches, two in the second round --CSN Chicago tallied with 1.72 million Chicago TV households, surpassing the 1.69 million for 10 postseason contests last season.