Sports broadcasts continue to struggle in the ratings

If you thought Chicago sports teams were having a bad year… ratings for live sports broadcasts are still struggling just as badly, and no wonder: – The National League Championship Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies on TBS had a household rating of 2.2 for Game 1. Colorado swept the series from Arizona 4-0 with last night’s […]

Happy "They are who we thought they were" day

On October 16, 2006, Dennis Green created that famous phase after the Cardinals lost to the Bears 24-23 in an amazing game. Here’s a Coors Light parody (not the commercial that’s on the air now, but created a few months after Green’s press conference.)

Time to do the "Chicago Huddle"

A new local TV show is debuting this weekend on ABC affiliate WLS-TV. Starting this Saturday night, the station will air a new sports-variety show called Chicago Huddle, which is being taped at ESPN Zone in Chicago’s River North area. The program will air Saturday nights after the station’s late news, at 11:05 p.m. (time approximate.) WLS-TV, ABC, and ESPN […]

Bears lose

Bears lose to the Colts 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI. A Chicago team loses in a Championship game for the first time since in 15 years (Blackhawks lost to Penguins in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Finals at Chicago Stadium.) Congrats to the Colts, and hats off to MVP Peyton Manning for playing a good game, and especially to head […]

Bears Super Bowl Fun Facts

Here how much has changed since the Bears last went to the Super Bowl: Number of broadcast networks: 1985: 3 Today: 7 Format of 94.7FM: 1985: WLS-FM (Rock/Top 40) Today: WZZN-FM (Oldies – the format and call letters of this frequency would change numerous times between 1985 and 2005)Cost of a candy bar: 1985: 39 cents Today: 89 cents Top […]

Super Bowl Watch: Stations are ready to cover the game

(First off, I’ll be posting mainly in the late-night hours this week because of other commitments that have popped up during other hours of the day…. But I will post breaking news when I feel its warranted…. On that note…) Stations in Illinois and Indiana are gearing up to cover the big game: – The CBS affiliates in the home-team […]

Bears also win in the ratings

The Bears weren’t the only winners in yesterday’s NFC Championship Game. Fox’s ratings for the event were up 21 percent from last year’s Carolina Panthers-Seattle Seahawks tilt. The Chicago Bears-New Orleans Saints game drew a whopping 25.1 rating and 42 share, and it drew 43.2 million viewers, the most in 10 years. And yes, like the AFC Championship Game that […]

NBC vs. Fox

Photo credit: Chicago Tribune Interesting article in the Trib today from Ed Sherman about the new flexible scheduling policy that came into place this year with the league new television contracts. This involves the Chicago Bears, and their successful undefeated season thus far. Fox isn’t pleased that the game between the Bears (media market #3) and the 5-2 New York […]