The Chicago Blackhawks continue to be a success story on – and off the ice.
Comcast SportsNet set hit yet another season high – and broke another ratings record – for a Blackhawks game Thursday night.
The Blue Jackets – Blackhawks matchup averaged a 4.2 household rating, breaking a record set only last week by a Blackhawks-Boston Bruins game (an Original Six matchup). The game peaked at a 4.6 rating at 9:30p.m., defeating The Jay Leno Show, which NBC can’t get out of prime-time fast enough.
But what’s even more impressive about this feat is the game set the record on a night where the major broadcast networks air their highest-rated programming.
Opposite Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, 30 Rock, Fringe, CSI, and others, the Blackhawks finished second in the key adults 18-49 demo, and finished first among men 18-49 – even outdrawing a Chicago Bulls-Boston Celtics game on TNT.
The Blackhawks played the Blue Jackets again Saturday afternoon on CSN, and then head to Detroit on Sunday to play a matinee against the Detroit Red Wings on NBC.
And if you haven’t figured out where the Blue Jackets play by now, they play in Columbus, Ohio (yes, Columbus.) The Blue Jackets are celebrating their tenth season in the NHL this year, and the name is derived from “the rich Civil War history in Ohio”,with Blue Jackets obviously representing the Union side (though it bordered with neighboring Kentucky, who was part of the Confederacy.). Games are telecast on Fox Sports Net Ohio.