CSN sets ANOTHER new Blackhawks regular season TV ratings record

CSN sets ANOTHER new Blackhawks regular season TV ratings record

COMCAST SPORTSNET DELIVERS ITS HIGHEST CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS REGULAR SEASON GAME RATING TO DATE

NEW RECORD: Last Nights Blackhawks-Red Wings battle attracts 220,000 Households on Comcast SportsNet;

RECORD STREAK: The Top Four Highest-Rated Blackhawks regular season games in Network History have occurred over the past six days (Jan. 22-27)

Chicago, IL (January 28, 2013) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the 6-0-0 Chicago Blackhawks, delivered its highest Blackhawks regular season rating ever last evening (January 27) -- a 6.31 household rating for its live coverage of the Blackhawks home ice battle against the division rival Detroit Red Wings.

For last nights thrilling 2-1 OT victory by the Blackhawks, Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 220,000 households for the entire game and posted an 8.09 peak rating during the 8:15 PM quarter-hour (approx. 282,000 households). The 6.31 single game regular season ratings record on Comcast SportsNet shatters the previous record set just five days earlier on January 22 for the Blackhawks home opener vs. St. Louis (5.40). Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research overnights.

Including last nights record-breaking rating on Comcast SportsNet, the Top 4 highest-rated Blackhawks regular season games in network history have all occurred over the past six daysnote the following:

1) 6.31 Blackhawks vs. DET (January 27, 2013)
2) 5.40 Blackhawks vs. STL (January 22, 2013)
3) 5.13 Blackhawks at DAL (January 24, 2013)
4) 4.39 Blackhawks at CBJ (January 26, 2013)
5) 4.35 Blackhawks vs. VAN (March 5, 2010)

Comcast SportsNet was also the 1-highest rated television network in the Chicago market last night in the key advertising demos of Men 18-49, Men 25-54 & Adults 35-64 for the entire length of the game (6:00-8:45 PM). The network was 2 overall in the market in the demo category of Adults 25-54.

So far this season through five games, the Blackhawks on Comcast SportsNet are currently averaging a 4.87 household rating, an increase of 75 compared to last season through five telecasts. In addition, note the following demo increases in the following categories: Adults 18-49 (up 77), Adults 25-54 (up 51), Men 18-49 (up 88) and Men 25-54 (up 66).

Comcast SportsNets next Blackhawks telecast airs Friday, February 1 as the Blackhawks travel to face the conference rival Vancouver Canucks (live coverage begins at 8:30 PM on CSN with Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live; face-off set for 9:00 PM, which will air on both CSN and the main Comcast SportsNet channel location). Viewers can also visit CSNChicago.com 247 for the very latest Blackhawks news, highlights, game previewsrecaps & blogs from Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers, along with exclusive videos and much more.

Vote for this week's High School Lites Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Vote for this week's High School Lites Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of area basketball fans in our Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @CSNPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes, and highlights of that game will appear on that night’s High School Lites broadcast at 11 p.m. after Blackhawks hockey. The show also live streams at CSNChicago.com. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday.

This week, we spotlight the Chicago Public League’s Red-North conference. Who will get out to an early lead in division play?

Lane Tech at Uplift, 6:30 p.m.

Prosser at Lincoln Park, 6:30 p.m.

Von Steuben at Taft, 6:30 p.m.

Poll opens Monday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 4 p.m.

Here is what fans need to do to vote:

— Follow @CSNPreps on Twitter.

— Note the “pinned Tweet” atop the @CSNPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.

— Spread the word!

We will make an announcement on @CSNPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @CSNPreps for updates on the Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week, along with other basketball news, scores and highlights this season.

Big Ten poll update: Win over North Carolina boosts Hoosiers four spots in AP poll

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Big Ten poll update: Win over North Carolina boosts Hoosiers four spots in AP poll

Indiana is back in the top 10 of the AP poll.

After avenging an embarrassing loss to Fort Wayne with a win over third-ranked North Carolina in last week's Big Ten-ACC Challenge, the Hoosiers jumped up four spots from No. 13 to No. 9 when the new AP top-25 rankings were released Monday morning.

Indiana sits at 7-1 with a very strange season to this point. The Hoosiers have wins over a pair of teams currently ranked in the top seven, No. 3 Kansas and No. 7 North Carolina, yet have that head-scratching defeat on the road against the aforementioned IPFW Mastodons.

Tom Crean's crew has five non-conference games left on the schedule, including matchups with 11th-ranked Louisville and 16th-ranked Butler.

Only two other Big Ten teams were ranked this week.

Wisconsin maintained the No. 17 spot despite scoring a pair of big home victories over Syracuse and Oklahoma. The Badgers are 7-2 with their only losses coming against teams currently ranked in the top 10, No. 7 North Carolina and No. 10 Creighton.

Purdue dropped three spots from No. 15 to No. 18 after suffering its second loss of the season against aforementioned Louisville last week. Again, the Boilers' two losses are of the utmost quality, coming against No. 1 Villanova and No. 11 Louisville.

Ohio State, Maryland, Michigan State and Minnesota also received votes in this week's poll.