Pistons games will exclusive to FSN for the first time, while Red Wings games have been exclusive to the sports net since 2003. Ratings for the Pistons and Red Wings on FSN are very competitive with the broadcast networks’ fare and outdraw both CW and My Network TV (thank you, writers’ strike.)
At one time, some Tigers, Pistons, and Red Wings games aired on WKBD-TV, which pushed them aside because the station thought it would find greater success with UPN and The CW. Um, wrong.
WKBD was Detroit’s Fox affiliate until 1994, when the New World-Fox affiliation swap sent Fox to WJBK-TV.