BULL!!!!!!!!!! Stupid Versus & NBC!!!!!! Pat Foley will be missed.
Moving on to a conference final match-up against the San Jose Sharks, the Blackhawks leave behind more than just Vancouver. Tuesday's Game 6 second-round playoff victory also takes them away from Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which has enjoyed an unprecedented surge in hockey-fueled viewership. Tuesday's 5-1 clincher against the Canucks was the Hawks' second-highest rated game ever on the team's cable home, which is partly owned by the Blackhawks, Cubs, White Sox and Bulls. It averaged a 9.93 household rating, which translates to roughly 347,600 homes, surpassed only by the 10.14 household rating for Game 3 of the Hawks-Canucks series six nights earlier.More impressive, perhaps, is the fact that the Blackhawks' last five games on CSN, dating back to the first-round clincher against Nashville on April 26, now account for the five most-watched programs in the channel's 5 1/2 year history, ahead of anything featuring the Cubs, White Sox or Bulls.Comcast SportsNet Chicago will continue to do postgame shows going forward for the remainder of the hockey postseason. But the conference finals and, should the Hawks advance, the Stanley Cup championship series are available only through the NHL's TV partners, Versus and NBC. (Click here to see where Versus is available in your area.)