FOX Sports Detroit enjoying April in the D with Wings' ratings; coverage of series against San Jose Sharks set
FOX Sports Detroit attracted its third largest viewing audience all-time for Tuesday's Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference Quarterfinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes. Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 9:00-11:45 p.m. telecast registered a 16.7 household rating in the Detroit metro area, an average of 315,663 homes tuned in over the course of the telecast (one rating point equals approximately 18,902 households). The telecast peaked at a 20.3 rating (383,710 households) from 10:45-11:15 as the Red Wings were on their way to a 6-1 victory to capture the best-of-seven series four games to three.
Tuesday's viewership ranks No. 3 on the network's all-time ratings list, trailing a pair of Red Wings games from last year's second round playoff series against Anaheim (17.5 for Game 7 on May 14, 2009 and 17.1 for Game 5 on May 1, 2009).
FOX Sports Detroit is averaging an 11.5 household rating for five Red Wings games this postseason, 9% greater than the 10.7 rating for the first five playoff telecasts in 2009.
With the release of the schedule for the Wings/Sharks second round series, FOX Sports Detroit is scheduled to televise games 3 through 7. Versus has national exclusivity for Game 1 and 2 (Versus is subject to blackout in the FOX Sports Detroit coverage area for games 3 - 7).
Western Conference Semifinals: #5 Detroit Red Wings vs. #1 San Jose Sharks
- Game 1 - Thu. April 29 at San Jose, 9:00 PM ET Versus (national exclusive)
- Game 2 - Sun. May 2 at San Jose, 8:00 PM ET Versus (national exclusive)
- Game 3 - Tue. May 4 at Detroit, 7:30 PM ET FOX Sports Detroit / HD
- Game 4 - Thu. May 6 at Detroit, 7:30 PM ET FOX Sports Detroit / HD
- Game 5* - Sat. May 8 at San Jose, 10:00 PM ET FOX Sports Detroit / HD
- Game 6* - Mon. May 10 at Detroit, 7:30 PM ET FOX Sports Detroit / HD
- Game 7* - Wed. May 12 at San Jose, Time TBD FOX Sports Detroit / HD
WRCJ reports success in membership drive
The music will continue at Classical/Jazz WRCJ FM 90.9 as the station has successfully reached its spring fundraising goals. Listeners are still encouraged to make contributions by visiting wrcjfm.org or by calling (866) 909-9725. Contributions of $30 or more will get a WRCJ Eco-Tote Bag as a thank-you gift.
WRCJ is owned by the Detroit Public Schools and operated by Detroit Public TV.
Toledo's AM 1560 returns to air
After being off-air for several days while work was being done on the station's equipment, AM 1560 Toledo is back on the air with a new format and call sign under new owner CSN International. The former talk outlet WTOD is now WWYC and features religious programming based out of Twin Falls, ID as part of the Calvary Satellite Network. WWYC replaces CSN's FM translator which was previously heard on FM 100.7 -- that station is now back on the air as well carrying the modern rock format of Cumulus' WXKR-FM HD2 (The Zone).