CSN delivers its highest Bulls regular season game rating to date

CSN delivers its highest Bulls regular season game rating to date

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

Last Nights Bulls-Hawks Battle Attracts over 267,600 Households on Comcast SportsNet;

1 Highest-Rated Television Network in Chicago market during Primetime
Chicago, IL (January 4, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the NBA Central Division first place Chicago Bulls, delivered its highest regular season Bulls game rating in network history last evening (January 3) -- a 7.66 household rating for its live coverage of the Bulls home contest against the Atlanta Hawks.

For last nights thrilling 76-74 victory by the Bulls, Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 267,602 households for the entire game and posted an 11.54 peak rating during the 9:15 PM quarter-hour (over 403,000 households). The 7.66 single game regular season ratings record on Comcast SportsNet shatters the networks previous all-time regular season high set on Mar. 7, 2011 vs. New Orleans (7.21 household rating). 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 during primetime (7:00-10:00 PM) last night which includes the Bulls-Atlanta game telecast & Kia Bulls Post Game Live in the following key advertising demo categories: Men 18-34, Men 18-49, Men 25-54, Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49 & Adults 25-54.

So far this season, the Bulls on Comcast SportsNet are currently averaging a 6.55 household rating, a year-to-date increase of 112 compared to last season through three telecasts. In addition, Kia Bulls Post Game Live ratings are up 171 year-to-date. Comcast SportsNets next Bulls telecast airs tonight (Wednesday, January 4) as the Bulls travel to face the Detroit Pistons (live coverage begins at 6:00 PM on McDonalds Bulls Pre-Game Live; tip-off at 6:30 PM featuring Neil Funk and Stacey King on the call). Viewers can also visit CSNChicago.com 247 for the very latest Bulls news, highlights, game previewsrecaps & blogs from Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam, along with exclusive videos and much more.

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

Despite the Cubs ending their 108-year World Series drought, Miguel Montero made offseason headlines for all the wrong reasons when he complained about his role in the Cubs' 2017 championship campaign.

Montero criticized Maddon's communication skills, catching rotation and bullpen decision-making after the team's Grant Park celebration. Maddon brushed off the criticism, and last week at spring training Montero said he hadn't spoke with the Cubs' skipper.

That tension appears to be all but a thing of the past, as Montero posted this picture of him and his manager sharing a drink together sporting nothing but smiles.

It's safe to say Montero would describe his relationship with Maddon now as: #WeAreGood.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Minnesota Wild tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Road warriors.

The Blackhawks have won six straight games away from the United Center, and are looking to make it a seventh in Minnesota tonight. They've scored the game's first goal in four of those wins, and in the other two, overcame 1-0 deficits to beat Dallas 5-3 and Edmonton 5-1, the latter of which they scored five unanswered goals.

2. Corey Crawford vs. Devan Dubnyk.

Crawford hasn't quite been the same since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 3, but he turned in probably his best outing since then in the Blackhawks' last meeting against Minnesota on Feb. 8 when he stopped 35 of 38 shots in a 4-3 overtime win. He essentially stole two points, and prevented the Wild from picking up the extra one. Across from him tonight will be Dubnyk, who leads the league in wins (32), goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.934).

3. Jonathan Toews on fire.

After a tough offensive drought earlier in the season that lasted longer than expected, the Blackhawks captain has six goals and 10 assists in his last 12 games, and upped his point total to 37, which now ranks fifth on the team. In the last meeting against Minnesota two weeks ago, Toews had a three-point night and scored the game winner in overtime. 

4. Mikael Granlund among league's most underrated players.

File Granlund under the category of players who don't get enough attention. He has 17 goals and 36 assists in 58 games this season, and his 53 points is tied with Jeff Carter and Artemi Panarin for 13th in the NHL's scoring race. The next highest point total on the Wild is Eric Staal with 45, an eight-point gap between him and Granlund. The 24-year-old forward registered his first career hat trick earlier this month, and also had a 12-game point streak just two weeks ago.

5. Ryan Hartman's closing in on 15 goals.

In Saturday's 3-1 loss to Edmonton, Hartman defended his teammate by fighting an Oilers defenseman that was practically twice his size. He called it a "no-brainer" to stick up for Tanner Kero and did well in the scrap, but it led to an Oilers power play and 10-minute misconduct which didn't do the Blackhawks any favors. He responded in a great way Sunday by scoring the game's first goal that helped his team win 5-1 in Buffalo. The next goal he scores will be No. 15, which would give the Blackhawks six 15-plus goal scorers on the year. They had only four a season ago.

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