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Posted: Thursday May 29, 2008 2:45PM; Updated: Thursday May 29, 2008 2:45PM

Stanley Cup's Game 3 beat NBA conference finals in Detroit ratings

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  • The Penguins' 3-2 win on Wednesday night earned a 2.8 national rating
  • Hockey scored an 18.2 rating in Detroit; basketball drew a 15.9 rating
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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.

The rating is the percentage watching a program among homes with televisions, and the share is the percentage tuned into the broadcast among those households with TVs on at the time.

The combination of Games 1, 2 and 3 have made this the highest-rated and most-watched opening games of the Stanley Cup finals since Detroit faced Carolina in 2002.

The rating for Wednesday night's game represented an 87-percent increase over last year's Game 3 between Anaheim and Ottawa.

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