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Red Wings-Sharks Game 6 Draws Record Audience On Fox Sports Detroit

Fox Sports Detroit drew the biggest TV audience in its history last night as the Red Wings made franchise history against the San Jose Sharks.

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The telecast last night drew a 19.5 household rating in the Metro Detroit area, which translates to an average of 367,000 homes, according to a press release by FSD. That number grew to 27.6 (520,000 homes) in the closing minutes of the game as the Red Wings clung to a 2-1 lead that eventually ended up being a 3-1 win. For some perspective, the city of Detroit (not the metro region) has about 330,000 households.

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The Red Wings trailed the best-of-seven series 3-0 at one point but have won the last three games to force a Game 7 in San Jose Thursday. It's just the second time in club history they've tied a series after trailing 3-0. Only three teams have ever come all the way back to win the series after trailing 3-0.

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Unsurprisingly, the previous record holder at FSD was also an elimination game for the Red Wings. Game 7 of the 2009 series between the Red Wings and Ducks held the record for the last two years, drawing a 17.5 rating. In fact, the top 11 broadcasts in the network's history are all Red Wings playoff games with the exception of the No. 5 spot, which belongs to the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins game on Sept. 30, 2009. No Detroit Pistons broadcasts are in the top 20; 13 of the top 20 spots belong to Red Wings playoff games.

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If you missed out on the broadcast, have no fear. FSD will show a replay of the game starting at 6 p.m. tomorrow as part of the pre-game festivities for the Game 7 showdown between the Red Wings and Sharks.

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