DETROIT -- FOX Sports Detroit attracted an all-time record audience for Sunday’s Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference semifinals between the Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks.
Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 5-7:45 p.m. 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 3-2 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 percent greater than the 9.1 rating for five playoff telecasts in 2008.
The Red Wings rating capped a weekend during which FOX Sports Detroit averaged a healthy 6.8 HH rating for the Detroit Tigers three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians, including an 8.1 mark on Saturday night.
FOX Sports Detroit is scheduled to carry the remaining games in the Red Wings-Ducks series, including Game 6 Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT. Game 7, if necessary, is Thursday (time TBD).