In the Air
Tube talk: SportsChannel broke its all-time ratings record with the Bulls' Tuesday night playoff game against the Knicks. SportsChannel earned a 23.1 local Nielsen rating, good for a 32 percent share of the local audience. The previous high was a 22.9 rating for the 70th victory earlier this season in Milwaukee. (A local ratings point means about 31,000 households.) By contrast, the Bulls drew a 39.7 local Nielsen for Sunday's opening game of the series on broadcast WMAQ Channel 5. That meant an incredible 65 percent of the viewing audience was watching the NBC coverage. ... While NBC has the games both Saturday and Sunday, SportsChannel will go to Madison Square Garden immediately afterward both days for a "Live in the Locker Room" session.
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MJ's video: Unrepentant Bulls fan and, for that matter, unrepentant WBBM Channel 2 film critic Gene Siskel gave Michael Jordan's new video, "Above & Beyond," the thumb's up at the release party Tuesday at Jordan's River North restaurant. It picks up where "Air Time" left off in 1993, and it's a fairly conventional package of highlights and quotes, but with a few revealing moments. As usual with the Jordan videos, it is well-done throughout. …