Phillies Set Another Ratings Record for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

For the season just completed, the Phillies have seen yet another ratings increase for Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia. It marks the 8th straight year that the ratings have gone up for the regional sports network. During the 2010 regular year, the Phils averaged an 8.3 rating. That’s staggering. Compare that to 2003 when the Phillies received 3.35. It shows that winning certainly breeds interest, but it also shows that the team has struck a chord with the fans. Here’s the release from Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia that also outlines its postseason coverage plans.

PHILLIES’ RECORD RATINGS STREAK CONTINUES ON COMCAST SPORTSNET

2010 Ratings Jump 16% over 2009 Season; 8th Straight Season of Ratings Increases
Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies Coverage Continues through Postseason

PHILADELPHIA – (October 4, 2010)  – Comcast SportsNet, the region’s leading source for local sports coverage, delivered a 16% increase in Phillies ratings, the network’s eighth consecutive season of Phillies ratings growth.
During the 2010 season, the Phillies scored an 8.3 average rating (247,000 HH) for live game action, a 16% increase over last season’s 7.14 rating. Fans tuned into Comcast SportsNet’s “Phillies Postgame Live” in record numbers; the program averaged a 3.7 HH rating (110,000 HHs), up 19% from last year also marking the 8th straight year of record growth.  Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies game ratings have climbed 148% since 2002, when the Phillies delivered a 3.35 household rating.  
Throughout the Phillies 2010 postseason run, Comcast SportsNet will provide extended Phillies coverage, including “Phillies Pregame Live” and “Phillies Postgame Live” for every Phillies postseason game featuring highlights, exclusive interviews with players and managers, plus expert analysis with former Phillies Ricky Bottalico and Darren Daulton. In addition to special playoff editions of “Daily News Live” and “SportsNite,” Comcast SportsNet will air “Chasing History,” a 30-minute program airing throughout the postseason.
Comcast SportsNet’s game-day coverage of the Phillies-Reds series begins on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. with “Phillies Pregame Live.” The schedule for the first two games of the Phillies-Reds series is below.
Wednesday, October 6
4:30 p.m.               Phillies Pregame Live
5 p.m.                     Daily News Live
6 p.m.                     SportsNite
8 p.m.                     Phillies Postgame Live
10 p.m.                  SportsNite
1 a.m.                     SportsRise
Friday, October 8
5 p.m.                     Daily News Live
5:30 p.m.               Phillies Pregame Live
6 p.m.                     SportsNite
9 p.m.                     Phillies Postgame Live
10 p.m.                  SportsNite
1 a.m.                     SportsRise
Chasing History
This 30-minute program will feature Comcast SportsNet’s talented roster of Phillies experts including former players Ricky Bottalico and Darren Daulton, plus CSNPhilly.com Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury, breaking down the key matchups of each game. “Chasing History” will air on Tuesday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Thursday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Tuesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Throughout the Phillies postseason, CSNPhilly.com will cover the team both at home and on the road with exclusive reports from Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury, live game chats and live in-game features.  Each game, Salisbury will have game previews, post-game recaps and weekly chats. In addition, CSNPhilly.com will have “In-Game Live” where viewers can track each Phillies postseason game through box scores, play-by-plays and stats. Throughout the postseason, Ricky Bottalico will also host live game chats during every Phillies away game, with CSNPhilly.com’s John Finger chatting throughout all home games.

One more release and I’ll call it a night.

Ken Fang

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Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013. He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television. Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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