PITTSBURGH (AP)—The Pittsburgh Penguins’ first victory over the Detroit Red Wings on NBC drew the best overnight rating for a third game of the Stanley Cup finals in six years.
Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win on Wednesday night earned a 2.8 national rating and an 18.2 rating in Detroit, beating out the 15.9 rating for the Pistons’ matchup with the Boston Celtics.
Game 5 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals drew a 5.3 national rating.
OK, so the NBA did better during Games One and Two if I remember correctly, and also stomped out the NHL nationally but it's time to take notice. The NHL is slowly but surely becoming a serious player again. Very slowly. Very. Slowly. OK... Barely. But hell, I'll take any victory we can get. *Waves pom pom*