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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Ratings down for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Television ratings for Game 1 of the Red Wings-Penguins Stanley Cup finals rematch were down from last year's levels.

The NBC telecast drew a 2.6 rating and a 5 share. That's compared with a four-game NBC average of a 3.2 rating and a 6 share one year ago.

Detroit beat Pittsburgh 3-1 in Saturday night's Game 1 and won the Cup over the Pens in six games in 2008.

The first Cup finals game on NBC last year -- a Pittsburgh win in Game 3 -- earned a 2.8 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.