CSN sets new all-time Blackhawks TV ratings record

CSN sets new all-time Blackhawks TV ratings record

COMCAST SPORTSNET SETS NEW ALL-TIME CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
RATINGS RECORD FOR ITS LIVE COVERAGE OF GAME 6 LAST NIGHT

Last Nights Blackhawks First Round, Game 6 Victory Attracts Record 436,000 Households

New All-Time Records also set for Blackhawks Pre-Game Live & Blackhawks Post Game Live

1 Highest-Rated TV Station in Chicago Market from 6:00 11:30 PM for Households & Adults 25-54

1.7 Million Households have watched Comcast SportsNets Coverage of Six Playoff Telecasts

Chicago, IL (April 25, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most comprehensive coverage of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, delivered its highest Blackhawks rating ever last evening (April 24) -- a 12.45 household rating for its live coverage of the Blackhawks Game 6 first round, home ice victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

For last nights pulse-pounding playoff OT win by the Blackhawks forcing a Game 7 on Tuesday night (NOTE: Game 7 coverage begins at 8:30 PM on CSN, game will air on both Comcast SportsNet & CSN immediately following the conclusion of the Bulls game at approx. 9:45pm), Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 436,074 households for the entire game and scored a massive 16.9 peak rating during the 9:45 PM quarter-hour (approx. 592,000 households). The 12.45 single game ratings record on Comcast SportsNet shatters the previous all-time record set last week on April 21 for the Blackhawks first round, Game 5 win at Vancouver (10.58). In addition, Comcast SportsNet also posted new all-time household ratings records last night for Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live (3.43) and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live (5.32 for households, 5.81 for Adults 25-54). Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research.

Comcast SportsNet was also the 1-highest rated television network in the Chicago market last night for households and every key male & adult demographic for the entire length of the game (6:30-10:00 PM). In addition, for households and every key demographic (including Adults 25-54), Comcast SportsNet was the 1-highest rated network in the Chicago market from 6:00 11:30 PM, which included the networks airing of Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, the Blackhawks vs. Vancouver game telecast, Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live and back-to-back airings of GMC SportsNet Central.

For its live coverage of six Stanley Cup Playoffs first round telecasts thus far, Comcast SportsNet has garnered approx. 1.71 MILLION Chicago TV households tuning in for the networks Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs game coverage. Plus Comcast SportsNet has attracted close to ONE MILLION households (965,000) tuning in to Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live so far this playoff season.

In comparison to Comcast SportsNets first round playoff series last season (NOTE: Blackhawks faced Nashville last year in the first round), Household ratings this year for the first round are up 35 (8.13 vs. 6.02) and Adults 25-54 ratings have increased 46 (7.04 vs. 4.84)

Please note the following key details for Comcast SportsNets coverage of Game 7 TOMORROW NIGHT (Tue, Apr. 26)

9:00 PM BLACKHAWKS at VANCOUVER in HD (Rd. 1, Gm. 7) - LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSN

IMPORTANT NOTE: Beginning at 9:00pm, the Blackhawks game will start exclusively on CSNthe game will then air on BOTH Comcast SportsNet and CSN immediately following the conclusion of the Bulls game (approx. 9:45pm)
(NOTE: VISIT CSNCHICAGO.COM FOR EXACT CSN CHANNEL LOCATIONS IN YOUR AREA)

Featuring Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk with the game call

Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live with hosts Chris Boden and Steve Konroyd will begin at 8:30 PM on CSN & CSNChicago.comJose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live airs immediately following the game on Comcast SportsNet & CSN.

Five Things from Blackhawks-Jets: Offense still anemic

Five Things from Blackhawks-Jets: Offense still anemic

The Blackhawks may want to forget this weekend.

Their captain is struggling health-wise and the rest of the team is struggling in other aspects. That led to a point-less pair of games, something the Blackhawks haven’t dealt with often this season. Even a return home on Sunday, where the Blackhawks had collected points in 12 consecutive games, couldn’t help them.

Still, the show must go on. So before we trudge home in the slush, let’s look at Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

1. Jonathan Toews isn’t improving. The captain isn’t getting any worse but his injury isn’t getting better. That’s what coach Joel Quenneville said prior to the game, the sixth in a row Toews has missed with a reported back injury. Toews skated on Sunday morning but will not shut it down for a few days. That’s discouraging news, especially for Toews. You could hear the frustration in Toews’ voice when he talked following Friday’s practice. It’s likely growing.

2. Scott Darling did all he could. We could have “goaltending buoys the Blackhawks” on a save/get key this season. It was true again on Sunday as Darling was stellar in stopping 30 of 32 shots. The Blackhawks have gone through their troubles this season but goaltending hasn’t been one of them. Darling will take the bulk of the work while Corey Crawford is sidelined. If he plays the way he did on Sunday night, the Blackhawks won’t have to worry about that part of their game.

3. Little generated again. Both teams played on Saturday but the Blackhawks were the ones really looking lackluster on Sunday night. The Blackhawks once again didn’t have many great scoring opportunities; through two periods, you could count their quality shots on one hand. They woke up some in the third period but not enough.

4. Second line drawing all the attention? OK, again, right now Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane are the Blackhawks’ top line. And with that, the trio has become the prime target of attention for the opposition. Other lines have had opportunities but these are not the balanced Blackhawks teams of previous seasons. That second line is what did the bulk of the damage last season, and teams are focusing on it –  and being more successful against it – this season.

5. Power plays a problem again. The Blackhawks’ first power play was as forgettable as they come. It was so unproductive, spent so little time in the Jets’ zone that fans started to audibly groan. And when the Blackhawks got a four-minute power play late in regulation they couldn’t get the game-tying goal. Again, this isn’t the first season the power play has struggled. But when the offense overall dries up, the issues here are that much more glaring.

Blackhawks score late but can't get past Jets

Blackhawks score late but can't get past Jets

The Blackhawks’ offense has been struggling for some time now. Nevertheless, the Blackhawks, more often than not, have found a way to get just enough to get them a point or two.

But this weekend, their mediocre offense was downgraded to anemic, and the inevitable disappointing results followed.

Artemi Panarin scored his second goal in as many games but the the Winnipeg Jets scored late to take a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday night. The Blackhawks dropped their second in a row. It was also the first time they didn’t record at least a point at the United Center since their season-opening loss to the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 12.

Jonathan Toews missed his sixth consecutive game with a reported back injury that coach Joel Quenneville said is “not getting better.” Toews will stay off the ice for a few days and be re-evaluated in the middle of the week.

Scott Darling was strong, stopping 30 of 32 shots. But it was one more game in which the Blackhawks leaned on their goaltending and provided little offensive support.

“Yeah, it’s been frustrating,” Duncan Keith said. “We’re obviously not doing what we need to do to create enough offense, putting pucks on the net or getting to the net or even just having enough offensive zone time.”

No, the Blackhawks’ zone time wasn’t so good in this one. That was especially true on their first power play, during which the Jets were more of a threat on Darling than the Blackhawks were on Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.

Still, thanks to Panarin’s goal with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation, the Blackhawks once again had a chance. Andrew Copp diminished those chances some with his goal with 4:45 remaining. The Blackhawks got a four-minute power play with less than three minutes left in the third period but couldn’t get one past Hellebuyck. Their best chance, coming from Marian Hossa, was stopped with 2.6 seconds remaining in regulation.

“That was a good chance to get the equalizer and we had a couple of decent looks but not the finish we were looking for,” Quenneville said. “We didn’t generate much tonight. It was one of those games. They came into our building, what was it a year or two ago, where they beat us back-to-back Sunday nights. They shut us down. The first two games [this season] they’ve shut us down pretty good.”

There’s no doubt the Blackhawks are missing the void left by Toews. Sure, they got points in four of the first six games he missed. But as Patrick Kane said, eventually you start feeling the void left by a top player.

“When you’re missing a guy right away for a couple of games, it may not really show up and guys are excited to get that chance. The longer you go, missing a great player, there’s going to be a hole,” he said. “Nothing we can control. It’s something guys like myself and other guys have to step up and try to [help], whether it’s taking on more ownership and leadership, playing the right way and do whatever you can to help this team win.”

The Blackhawks are going to have to find ways to win without Toews, as they did when he was first absent, because it sounds like he’ll be missing at least a few more games. Even when Toews was in the lineup, however, the scoring issues were there. Are the Blackhawks lacking confidence? Darling said no – “I’d be surprised [at that] with the great offensive players we have in here.”

Still, the Blackhawks need to find answers, no matter who’s in their lineup.

“We just have to figure out a way to get that chemistry going,” Darling said. “Because when it’s going it’s pretty lethal.”