The Stanley Cup Playoffs got off to a strong start in Chicago and Minneapolis. In other news, the Bulls’ first round TV ratings are still below Derrick Rose levels, and the Houston Astros are not much of a local draw.
- Game 1 of the Wild/Blackhawks first round Stanley Cup playoff game drew a 10.1 rating on Fox Sports North in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, the highest rating ever for a Wild telecast on the network. In Chicago, the game drew an 8.0 rating on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the network’s top rating for a playoff opener. (Fox Sports)
- Game 4 of the Nets/Bulls first round NBA playoff series, won by the Bulls in triple-overtime, drew a combined 8.1 rating in the Chicago market Saturday afternoon (5.05 on CSN Chicago, 3.04 on TNT). Game 5 of the series on Monday night drew a combined 8.3 (4.71 on CSN Chicago, 3.54 on TNT). No comparisons were available to last year’s first round games against the Sixers, but the team routinely hit double-digits against the Pacers two years ago. CSN Chicago alone had a 10.9 for Pacers/Bulls Game 5 in 2011. (bizjournals.com)
- Houston Astros Major League Baseball games have averaged a mere 0.4 rating on CSN Houston so far this season. By comparison, the team averaged a 1.0 rating on Fox Sports Houston last year. CSN Houston has been plagued by low distribution, which led to a 33% decline in ratings for the Rockets during the NBA regular season. Even with that decline, the Rockets (1.1) were a much-larger draw. (Houston Chronicle)