7 MILLION Chicago TV households tuned in for 52 live pro games in April on CSN

7 MILLION Chicago TV households tuned in for 52 live pro games in April on CSN

7,000,000 CHICAGO TV HOUSEHOLDS TUNED IN FOR
52 LIVE PRO GAMES IN APRIL ON COMCAST SPORTSNET
Biggest month in Network history also includes 3.8 million homes tuning in for PrePost Game Live2.8 million homes tuned in to live editions of SportsNet Central & Chicago Tribune Live 1 Highest-Rated Cable Network in Primetime in April for Households & Every Demo Category1 Overall Highest-Rated Television Station in Primetime for Every Male Demo & Adults 18-49
Chicago, IL (May 2, 2011) Fueled by two thrilling Bulls and Blackhawks first round playoff series (which included the 1 highest-rated Bulls and 1 highest-rated Blackhawks telecasts in network history), along with the always-anticipated start of another baseball season on both sides of town, Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, delivered record-setting television ratings during the month of April 2011.

Over the past month (April 1 May 1), Comcast SportsNet televised 52 live professional games (Blackhawks: four regular seasonseven playoffs; Bulls: two regular seasonfive playoffs; Cubs: 14 regular season; White Sox: 18 regular season; Fire: two regular season) amassing a total viewing audience of close to SEVEN MILLION Chicago TV households (6,956,864). During this time period, the network set a new weekly record amassing over 2.6 million homes tuning in for 15 live pro events from April 18-24. (NOTE: Over the course of SIX weeks last year, Apr. 1 - May 16, 2010, Comcast SportsNet carried 66 live pro events gathering 6.5 million Chicago TV homes tuning in.)

In addition, Comcast SportsNet also attracted 3.8 million Chicago TV homes tuning in for all live editions of Pre-Game Live and Post Game Live, including a record-breaking 5.3 household rating for Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live on April 24 (over 186,300 homes). Plus 2.9 million more Chicago TV homes also tuned in to the networks locally-produced, live sports news and talk programming (SportsNet Central & Chicago Tribune Live). Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research.

This past month has demonstrated the incredible passion of Chicago sports fans, along with the depth of our local sports coverage, said James J. Corno, President of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. We understand how much Chicago sports fans love their teams and thats why well continue to go beyond just game coverage with expert insight, analysis and the very latest local sports news and detailed information thats important to our fan base. Naturally, none of this would be possible without the enormous success and popularity of our pro team partners and I credit their staffs, along with our distributors, our advertisers and everyone here at Comcast SportsNet, for making the most of this very exciting time in Chicago sports history.

During primetime (7:00-10:00 PM CT) over the past month (averaging in all nights when it carried a live pro game telecast), Comcast SportsNet was the 1-highest rated cable television network in the Chicago market for every major TV ratings category including Households and the key advertising demo of Adults 25-54. In addition, Comcast SportsNet was 1 overall in primetime (which includes all broadcast TV stations) in the demo categories of Men 18-34, Men 18-49, Men 25-54, Adults 18-34 & Adults 18-49 (Comcast SportsNet was 2 overall in Adults 25-54 and 3 overall for Households).

On Tuesday, April 26, Comcast SportsNet enjoyed the biggest night in its 6 year history, which included live coverage of the Bulls First RoundGame 5 series clincher vs. Indiana (10.93 household rating2 highest-rated Bulls game in network history) and the Blackhawks First RoundGame 7 OT battle at Vancouver (13.33 household rating1 highest-rated Blackhawks game in network history). On that historic night, Comcast SportsNet was the 1 overall highest-rated television network for eight-straight hours from 5:30 PM 1:30 AM.

The top spotlight over the past month is the fact that the Top 5 highest-rated games EVER to air on Comcast SportsNet (which includes every Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox telecast since the network launched on October 1, 2004) all occurred during the course of a five-day period (Apr. 21-26):
1) 13.69 Bulls at IND (Rd. 1, Gm. 3 on April 21)2) 13.33 Blackhawks at VAN (Rd. 1, Gm. 7 on April 26)3) 12.45 Blackhawks vs. VAN (Rd. 1, Gm. 6 on April 24)4) 10.93 Bulls vs. IND (Rd. 1, Gm. 5 on April 26)5) 10.58 Blackhawks at VAN (Rd. 1, Gm. 5 on April 21)

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

In a season where the triple-double has become commonplace to the point of stat chasing in the effort to chase history, Dwyane Wade didn't mind snatching his own piece of turf.

In a game where teammate Jimmy Butler reached the feat for the first time this season, it would've been doubly satisfactory for Wade to achieve the fifth triple-double of his career.

One rebound away in the final seconds of the Bulls' 117-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the memo didn't reach Cristiano Felicio, who reached over Wade to grab a rebound, causing it to harmlessly fall out of bounds and ending Wade's chance at history.

After Wade finished with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 34 minutes, he was asked if he "hated" Felicio for interrupting his moment.

"No hate. Just a strong dislike, though," said Wade with a wry smile. "You know how long it's been since I had a triple double? It's been a long time."

It's been six years, as his last triple-double came in the 2010-11 season with the Miami Heat, achieving the feat with a 22-point, 12-rebound and 10-assist performance against the then-Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 4, 2011.

Even more than the statistical feat was Wade's variety, as he grabbed seven rebounds in the decisive third-quarter run that broke the game open, hitting Butler and Bobby Portis for long touchdown passes that would've had Jay Cutler or whichever quarterback the Cleveland Browns are banking on next fall, blushing.

Perhaps even more impressive was the fact it was on the second night of a back-to-back with the Bulls winning in overtime against the Phoenix Suns—a game where Wade turned it up late then threw it down over Alex Len in overtime.

"I think we just found our groove," Wade said. "We've had some injuries that have gone on but we're playing good basketball."

More pointedly, so is Wade, aided by him often finding Felicio for easy dunks on the pick and roll as they play second and fourth quarters together. 

Felicio was clearly bothered by his gaffe, which was made worse by the take-no-prisoners approach from Wade and Butler. When a member of foreign media approached him about an interview, Felicio said "you're not asking me about that last rebound, are you?"

Later in the evening, Felicio went to Twitter, posting "I did not know!!" in reference to Wade's night.

"I told him I didn't not even gonna act like I ain't mad at him. I'm very mad at him," said Wade with a laugh. "But he's all good. He said he didn't see me down there. So he took a shot at my height. It's cool. Jimmy had one. It would've been nice to have two triple doubles."

"I'm sure a stat would've came out that would've said, ‘Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler are the first duo to get a triple-double on a back-to-back since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen', since they got every record around here."

He was close, although Jordan and Pippen didn't achieve their feat on a back-to-back but a random night in the 1988-89 season. Jordan scored 41 with 11 assists and 10 rebounds and Pippen had 15 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 126-121 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We laugh about that often, but it's all good," Wade said. "I gotta work harder till I get another one one day."

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