Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, which televised 92 Phillies regular-season games, also scored well during the club’s postseason run with attendant preview and wrap-up shows. Today, the regional sports network will help Phillies fans revel in the moment a little longer, providing commercial-free coverage of the team’s World Series parade, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Neil Hartman, John Boruk and Ron Burke will be stationed along the parade route, while Michael Barkann, Mitch Williams, Ricky Bottalico and Leslie Gudel will be live from the ballpark, offering viewers with an inside look at the celebration, including exclusive interviews and access to the Phillies players and front office personnel.
For those who cannot watch the parade on TV, Comcast SportsNet has partnered with mlb.com to broadcast the parade on csnphilly.com, with live coverage slated to begin at noon.
Comcast SportsNet will encore the parade coverage on Halloween at 11 p.m.; Nov. 1 at 1:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Nov. 2 at 1:30 a.m.; and Nov. 3 at 12:30 p.m.
On Sunday at 9 p.m., Comcast SportsNet will premiere The Champs, an hour-long special, reliving the best moments from the Phillies 2008 season from spring training through their World Series win. The program will replay throughout the week.
Comcast SportsNet’s World Series coverage including the parade presentation, The Champs special and Phllies Postgame Live coverage will also be available on the operator’s on demand service
During the 2008 regular season, Phillies games averaged a 5.7 (169,000 households) household rating (169,000 households) for 92 contests in the Philadelphia DMA. The 3% advance over the 2007 campaign, and 21% over the prior season marked the sixth consecutive year of Phillies ratings growth for Comcast SportsNet. Among adults 25 to 54, the games grew 18% to a 3.3 rating against that group.
The regional also scored well with its pre- and post-game coverage, topped by Wednesday night after the franchise clinched its first title since 1980 and only second in its 126-year history. The Oct. 29 Phillies Postgame Live delivered a 6.0 (178,300 households) rating in the DMAN, peaking at a 7.4 rating (220,000 households) after the Phillies clinched the World Series.
Throughout the five-game World Series versus the Tampa Bay Rays, Comcast SportsNet delivered a 3.0 rating (89,100 households) for the show, an increase of 11% over its regular-season average.
Source: Mike Reynolds — Multichannel News, 10/31/2008