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.

Dwyane Wade gets a little help but saves the day defensively vs. Kings

Dwyane Wade gets a little help but saves the day defensively vs. Kings

It was a gift and the Bulls weren't going to look it in the mouth as Dwyane Wade was poised to finish off another one of his sterling defensive plays with a breakaway dunk with the game tied and Arron Afflalo and DeMarcus Cousins trailing.

Lightly touched by the small of his back by Cousins, Wade miscalculated his liftoff and missed the dunk but was bailed out by the refs for a foul with 14 seconds left.

Then, he bailed the Bulls out.

Wade had his fifth fourth-quarter defensive play, stripping Cousins on a steal on the ensuing possession with the Sacramento Kings having a chance to win, leading to a Michael Carter-Williams dunk and finishing a 102-99 win Saturday night at the United Center.

It was a clock-turning performance for Wade on both ends of the floor, even if his missed dunk is a reminder that he is 35 years old. But putting up 30 with six rebounds and four assists on the second night of a back-to-back is proof positive he took Friday's loss to Atlanta personally and used his play to back up those feelings.

He scored 13 in the fourth, along with the last of his four blocked shots and all three of his steals took place in the final 12.

Cousins dominated the game with 42 and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes, the only Kings player in double figures all night.

Back-to-back triples from Cousins gave him 40 and tied the game at 97, as a third one rimmed out with a little under two minutes left.

Cousins dominated the start of the third quarter, hitting midrange jumpers over Robin Lopez and taunting the Bulls bench after hitting a jumper to put the Kings ahead, 70-63 midway through the third.

It looked like the worst was over when the Bulls made a short run to end the third, surviving the onslaught from Cousins — and surviving their own experimenting as the Paul Zipser played heavy minutes and even finished out the game on the floor.

Zipser scored 13 and Nikola Mirotic scored 11 off the bench, with Jimmy Butler scoring 23 with seven assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes.

Phillips DT Chris Elmore commits to Syracuse

Phillips DT Chris Elmore commits to Syracuse

Phillips senior three-star ranked defensive tackle Chris Elmore (6-foot-0, 270 pounds) has given Syracuse his verbal commitment while on his official visit.

Elmore, who first announced his decision via his Twitter account, was asked why he decided to commit to the Orangemen.

"(Syracuse) is the place for me," according to Elmore via text. "I just feel it and I didn't want to pass up a chance to play for Syracuse and in the ACC."

Elmore, who originally gave then Western Michigan head coach PJ Fleck his verbal commitment back last summer reopened his recruiting process once Fleck left WMU to take the head coaching job at Minnesota.

Elmore is now the 20th known verbal commitment to Syracuse and the first from Chicagoland in the Class of 2017.