What is the most significant loss for the Blackhawks in the three seasons since their last Stanley Cup championship?
Forget about the postseason players and series, or even postseason posts that they could not win this year for the first time in a decade.
Combined with the fact that there are fewer households with TV in this market, that represents a loss of 71,708 local households, according to Nielsen’s estimates.
The Blackhawks averaged 149,521 homes watching their games in what was then called CSN in 2014-15, but only 77,873 had the games in the NBCSCH rechurn this season.
Those numbers do not count the games chosen for national television or WGN-9. But as a point of reference for the interest of the audience and the trends of the audience, it is not pretty.
The Blackhawks are still a big attraction at the United Center, and they continue to lead the league in average at-home assistance. This season averaged 21,654, which is 109.8 percent of seating capacity, also tops the NHL.
In addition, even in decline, the Blackhawks still have more homes seeing them in their local regional sports network than any other team in the American NHL. Continue reading “Chicago Blackhawks Playoff Connections: Five Make Second Round”