Bulls TV ratings post huge gains on Comcast SportsNet at the All-Star break

Bulls TV ratings post huge gains on Comcast SportsNet at the All-Star break

CHICAGO BULLS TV RATINGS POST HUGE GAINS ON COMCAST SPORTSNET

Ratings up 45 compared to the 10-11 Season at the All-Star break;Top 3 highest-rated regular season Bulls telecasts in Comcast SportsNet history have occurred this season; Bulls Post Game Live Ratings continue to Rise

Chicago, IL (February 23, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the NBA Central Division first place Chicago Bulls, posted record-setting television ratings for the 2011-12 NBA season at the All-Star break, which have resulted in solid increases in household and all key demo ratings categories. In addition, the top three highest-rated regular season Bulls telecasts in Comcast SportsNet history have already occurred this season. Plus - Comcast SportsNets Kia Bulls Post Game Live has also enjoyed a solid year-to-year ratings increase.

Comcast SportsNets game telecast ratings for the Chicago Bulls this season are currently averaging a 5.92 household rating at the All-Star break (approx. 206,815 households watching per game) -- a 45 increase compared to last seasons 4.09 average at the All-Star break, which is an increase of over 63,000 more households tuning per game this season compared a year ago. The 5.92 average is also Comcast SportsNets highest-ever Bulls average to date at the All-Star break. Note the following additional Bulls ratings highlights on Comcast SportsNet so far this season:

The Top 3 highest-rated regular season Bulls games in Comcast SportsNet Chicago history (network launched in October of 2004) have already occurred within the first 19 telecasts of this season:

1) 8.73 Bulls vs. IND (12512)2) 7.66 Bulls vs. ATL (1312)3) 7.54 Bulls at DET (1412)

The 8.73 household record rating for the Bulls match-up vs. Indiana on January 25 was the 1 highest-rated regular season game for any team in Comcast SportsNet history, eclipsing the previous record of an 8.30 rating for the Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers telecast from July 28, 2008. This particular game also gave the network its all-time, highest-rated Bulls regular season game rating in the key advertising demo category of Adults 25-54 (5.13).

Already this season, ten Bulls telecasts on Comcast SportsNet have averaged at least a 6.0 household rating in 42 total regular season telecasts last season, only one game averaged at least a 6.0 rating.

Already this season, 15 out of the 19 Bulls total telecasts have averaged at least a 5.0 household ratinglast season, Comcast SportsNet also delivered 15 games with at least a 5.0 household rating, but that was reached in 42 total regular season telecasts.

Comcast SportsNet has also experienced massive year-to-year ratings increases in every key advertiser demo category, including Adults 25-54 (3.3 avg., up 74 from last seasons 1.9 avg. at the All-Star break).

In addition, Comcast SportsNets Kia Bulls Post Game Live ratings are currently up 38 compared to last season at the All-Star break.

Comcast SportsNets next two Bulls telecasts take place on Tuesday, February 28 vs. New Orleans (live coverage begins at 6:30 PM) & Wednesday, February 29 at San Antonio (live coverage begins at 7:30 PM). Viewers can also visit CSNChicago.com 247 for the very latest Bulls news, highlights, game previewsrecaps & BullsTalk blogs from Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam, along with exclusive videos and much more.

Bears reportedly won't franchise tag Alshon Jeffery, so what's next?

Bears reportedly won't franchise tag Alshon Jeffery, so what's next?

NFL.com's Insider Ian Rapoport dropped a news bomb in the middle of the night, Tweeting in the wee hours of Monday morning that the Bears will not sign receiver Alshon Jeffery to a franchise tag:

Jeffery played under the franchise tag in 2016, when he earned roughly $14.6 million. 

The Bears could still re-sign Jeffery to a longer deal in free agency, but the market on the 27-year-old receiver may climb out of their desired range.

The $17 million franchise tag was an awful lot of salary cap to spend on a guy who has missed 11 games over the last two seasons to injury and a PED suspension that stretched to four games in 2016.

When he was on the field last year, Jeffery turned in his worst stat line since his rookie season, catching only 52 balls for 821 yards and 2 TDs.

Still, his departure would leave a gaping hole in the Bears receiving corps as Cameron Meredith and Kevin White would emerge as the leaders of the group.

Meredith went undrafted out of Illinois State, but he has impressed in his two pro seasons, leading the Bears in receptions (66), targets (96), yards (888) and TDs (4) in 2016.

White was the Bears' first-round pick in 2015 (7th overall) but has played in just four games due to leg issues and has only 19 catches for 187 yards and 0 TDs under his belt.

David Kaplan believes if Jeffery does depart Chicago, it sends a bigger message about the state of the Bears:

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Sunday:

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

White Sox pitchers headed for World Baseball Classic look sharp in win over Rockies

What if… Cubs GM Jed Hoyer’s takeaways from epic World Series Game 7

Quick hits: Blackhawks start strong in win over Blues

Illini keep NCAA tournament hopes afloat with dominant win over Nebraska

White Sox: Happy with progress, Brett Lawrie tries to clear final hurdles

How Indians regrouped and reloaded after losing unforgettable Game 7 to Cubs

Jim Thome: Getting into baseball Hall of Fame would be indescribable

Kurt Busch steals a monster of a win in Daytona 500

Michigan State gets big win to boost tourney hopes, while Wisconsin loses for fourth time in five games