The local ratings are in and in the battle for Detroit eyeballs, the Detroit Pistons are winning. It really has been a head-to-head competition as the first two games of the Stanley Cup championship round featuring the Detroit Redwings and Pittsburgh Penguins have aired at nearly the exact same time as games 3 and 4 of the eastern conference finals in the NBA.
So here's where things stand in the Motor City:
- Saturday Game 3: Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons 11.5 local rating in Detroit
- Saturday Game 1: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Detroit Redwings 7.8 local rating in Detroit
Things improved for both teams last night:
- Monday Game 4: Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons 15.1 local rating in Detroit
- Monday Game 2: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Detroit Redwings 11.5 local rating in Detroit
My take is that the local ratings are pretty huge for both, with one in four household in Detroit watching one game or the other (and probably some of both) on Monday night.