The N.H.L. chalked up a small victory Wednesday night in its battle with the N.B.A. for the attention of sports viewers in Detroit.
NBC's broadcast of the Pittsburgh Penguins' victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals produced an 18.2 rating in the Detroit market, 14 percent above ESPN's coverage of Game 5 of the N.B.A.'s Eastern Conference finals between the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics.
The Detroit market showed higher ratings for the Pistons-Celtics series when it faced Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup. Each rating point in the Detroit market equals about 19,254 TV households.
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