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.

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

For the past two seasons, David Accam was a bright spot on bad Chicago Fire teams.

This season, with more talent on the roster, Accam has blossomed into one of the most dangerous players in the league.

He had a hat trick and an assist in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Orlando. That gives him 10 goals and six assists on the season. Only two other players in Major League Soccer have 16 combined goals and assists, New York City FC's David Villa and teammate Nemanja Nikolic (the leading goal-scorer in the league).

“I thought I could do anything on the pitch today,” Accam said. “I just wanted to enjoy myself and entertain the fans and also help the team win. That’s what we did today, especially after my first goal. I just thought I could get more goals and also help the team win.”

Accam’s big game comes after he sat out the previous two games, which were both played on turf. He wasn’t listed on the injury report, but coach Veljko Paunovic said, “he didn’t recover from the physical issues that he had in the previous game.”

The rest seemed to do Accam some good, but his success in the game (as well as his recent run of eight goals and four assists in his last eight matches) coincides with questions about his future. He was recently rumored to be the target of a Turkish club.

In the past, Accam has spoken about his ambition to play at the highest levels. Typically, that means Europe. General manager Nelson Rodriguez said last month that he expects offers to come in for the 26-year-old because he is a good player in his prime ages.

So is Accam playing like someone trying to earn a new contract? That could be either impressing potential suitors in Europe or boosting his negotiation position with the Fire. Rodriguez has talked about contract negotiations with Accam before, and said those will not resume again until after the season.

“I wanted to be in a team where I would develop as a person and also win trophies, whether here or somewhere (else) I don’t know,” Accam said. “For me, I’m doing really well here and every year if I keep playing well there will be always interest. I know there is a lot of interest because I’m doing well. For me it’s always extra motivation to keep doing well. You don’t know where I will end up, whether here or somewhere else. I’ll just keep playing.”

Accam’s play earned him another call-up to the Ghanaian national team. He will join the team on Sunday for a pair of friendlies in the U.S. The Black Stars will take on Mexico in Houston on June 28 and the U.S. in East Hartford, Conn., on July 1 as the two North American countries prepare for the Gold Cup.

“That’s where I want to be,” Accam said. “I want to be playing for the national team so it’s extra motivation for me to perform well and also to go to the national team.”

Accam has been one of the most productive players in MLS this year, based on goals and assists, and is young enough to draw the attention of plenty of teams. For now, the Fire have him as a key part of the best season the club has had in years.

“I think that he understands very well how to play with the team that we have now and with the teammates that he is surrounded with,” coach Veljko Paunovic said. “We just have to work to give David opportunities… Then we expect that performances like that will come even more.”

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