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Cubs a Winner for WGN

The Chicago Cubs, whose season ended in a heartbreaking loss to the Florida Marlins last year, have begun the new year with some heartening ratings numbers for WGN-TV Chicago.

The Friday night, 15-inning contest with the Atlanta Braves averaged an 11.8 rating/21 share in households, according to the station, tops in prime time and the biggest number for a Cubs game in April in a Dusty Baker's dozen (that's 13) years.

A Sunday contest--again with the Braves--also won its afternoon time period.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.