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Game 5 sets ratings record on FSDetroit

From FSDetroit - Detroit-Anaheim Game Achieves 17.1 Household Rating / 35 Share in Metro Detroit

FOX Sports Detroit attracted an all-time record audience for Sunday’s Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Semifinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks.

Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 5:00-7:45 PM telecast registered a 17.1 household rating / 35 share in the Detroit metro area, an average of nearly 330,000 homes (one rating point equals approximately 19,270 households). 

The telecast peaked at a 22.1 rating (nearly 426,000 homes) during the closing minutes of the Red Wings 4-1 victory, giving them a three games to two lead in the best-of-seven series.

Sunday’s viewership eclipsed the previous FOX Sports Detroit record rating of 14.1 on May 3, 2004 for Game 6 of the Red Wings second round playoff series against Calgary.

FOX Sports Detroit is averaging a 11.8 HH rating for six Red Wings games this postseason, 30% greater than the 9.1 rating for five playoff telecasts in 2008.

FOX Sports Detroit is scheduled to carry the remaining games in the Red Wings-Ducks series, including Game 6 Tuesday at 10:00 PM Eastern.  Game 7, if necessary, is Thursday (time TBD).

The top four broadcasts for FSDetroit are all Wings' playoff hockey games. Outside of Game 5 this series, the other three games came during Detroit's 2004 Stanley Cup run. A Detroit Tigers game vs. the Kansas City Royals came in fifth. I find it interesting to note that the Detroit Pistons don't appear on the list until the tied for 17th slot. The Wings and Tigers dominate the top 20 aside from the lone Pistons exception.