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Blackhawks-Canucks game sets TV ratings record

Feb 20, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

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Combine one team (the Chicago Blackhawks) on the verge of setting a record for the best 16-game start in NHL history and that team’s hated rival (the Vancouver Canucks) and, apparently, the result is a lot of people watching on TV.


Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 258,224 households in the Chicago market for the entire game and posted a 10.91 “peak” rating during the 10:15 PM quarter-hour (over 380,000 households tuning in). The 7.41 single game regular season ratings record on Comcast SportsNet shatters the previous record set on January 27 for the Blackhawks home game vs. Detroit (6.31). Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research overnights.

Comcast SportsNet was also the #1-highest rated television network in the Chicago market last night in overall households for the entire length of the game (7:30-10:30 PM).

In addition to all the eyeballs watching on TV, the Blackhawks also lead the NHL in average attendance (21,556).

Hey, remember like five years ago when the United Center was half full and the home games weren’t even on TV?

Bit of a turnaround.

  1. noisetheorem - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Chicago is a hockey town that is being re-awakened. I was never exposed to it as a kid because it wasn’t on TV and my family weren’t fans, but fell absolutely in love with it watching the 2010 finals. It’s amazing what having a change in ownership can do. Of course, having a great team also helps!

  2. sknut - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I lived there during the dark times and couldn’t imagine this sort of turn around. Good for the fans and team, the best decision was to finally put home games on tv.

  3. jhuck92 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Hey, remember like a couple months ago when the league was worried about fans coming back?

    • 19to77 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      The media, you mean. I doubt the NHL even slightly doubted that exactly this would happen. The NHL has never taken the fans for anything BUT a given.

  4. dt58 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Very happy that so many people got to see the Blackhawks beat Vancouver

    • bigoldorcafromvan - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Actually so many people wanted to see 2 good teams going at it with a bit of a hate for eachother flavor. Congrats on the win Chitown you gave the Canucks a lesson in the second period and 10 minutes of the third on how the game is played. I surely hope that Hossa is allright and just stayed out for precautionary reasons. The game of hockey is alot better with Hossa playing. My honest opinion about the hit is the same as Fraser.s. (no suspension) Everybody keeps bringing up the Keith/Sedin event and I don.t know why. The two players have moved forward, the two teams have moved forward and Sedin called Keith a very classy player. It is us that have no class. Cheers and Congrats on the win Chitown. From a Canuck Fan.

      • gramkind - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        Well said. Canucks fan here too. It is great Chicago hates us, makes regular season games feel that much more important. I hate Chicago, but damn is there a better player than Kane right now? It was pretty amazing watching him play like he had the puck on a string. Hope Hossas fine, hockeys better with skilled people playing.

      • thepostureguru - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        It’s a strong heated rivalry for sure! I was at the game at the UC and the atmosphere was like a playoff game! These two teams have very skilled players and a very strong dislike for each other…makes for very exciting games. Too bad there’s only one more game between the teams. Guess we’ll have to wait for a playoff showdown!

        And yes I hate the Canucks! Game on boys…

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