television ratings

Belmont Television Ratings Down From 2018, Up From 2017

Television ratings for NBC’s broadcast of the 2019 Belmont Stakes were down from last year’s broadcast of Justify’s Triple Crown victory, but up from ratings in 2017, when there was no Triple Crown on the line. This year’s rating of 3.6 with a share of 9 was less than half 2018’s rating of 8.1 The […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: An Opportunity Lost For Racing

More than 18 million households tuned in to NBC Sports to watch the Kentucky Derby on May 4. According to Sports Media Watch, the A.C. Nielsen ratings actually grew in the minutes after the race to 18.5 million households as stewards deliberated whether or not to disqualify Maximum Security from his apparent win. Controversy followed […]

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NBC Sports’ Overnight Television Ratings Highest For Derby Since 1992

NBC Sports’ coverage of the 145th Kentucky Derby on NBC followed immediately by the primetime Columbus Blue Jackets-Boston Bruins NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Game 5 on Saturday delivered multiple overnight ratings milestones, according to data provided by Nielsen. “We hit the trifecta last night, with the historic drama of the Kentucky Derby and two one-goal […]

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Belmont Stakes TV Ratings Down Sharply From Last Triple Crown Try

Overnight television ratings for the NBC Sports telecast of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park were the lowest of the seven Triple Crown attempts since the network began broadcasting the race in 2001. The telecast featuring Justify clinching the Triple Crown drew an 8.1 rating and 19 market share, up substantially from the 3.4 rating […]

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Viewership Of NBC’s Preakness Telecast Up 6 Percent

Exaggerator’s muddy run to victory in Saturday’s 141st Preakness Stakes on NBC averaged 9.4 million viewers – up 6 percent from Triple Crown-winner American Pharoah’s first-place finish at Pimlico last year (8.9 million viewers), according to official national data provided today by the Nielsen Company. NBC’s average of 9.4 million viewers also marked the third time in four […]

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NBC Broadcast Of Keen Ice Travers Most-Watched Edition In Twenty Years

Fans packed the race track in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and tuned to NBC in big numbers this past Saturday, August 29, for American Pharoah’s second-place finish in the 146th Travers Stakes. Viewership for the NBC telecast peaked at 3.4 million viewers between 5:45-6:05 p.m. ET, as American Pharoah – the first Triple Crown winner in […]

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Preakness Overnight Rating Second-Lowest Since NBC Acquired Rights

After a high overnight rating for NBC’s broadcast of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness broadcast posted the second-lowest overnight rating (5.8) since NBC began showing the race in 2001. Only the 2012 figure of 5.5 is lower. The Preakness broadcast overnight was down 8% from last year and 3% for the year before. According to […]

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Ratings for Primetime BC Classic Tumble from 2012

Ratings for the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Classic, which aired from 8-9 p.m. on NBC, registered a 1.4 rating, down 40 percent from last year’s 2.2. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, the Classic, which had a post time of 8:35 p.m. EDT, faced strong competition from the Florida State – Miami college football […]

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Derby Overnight Ratings Tie 21-Year High

NBC Sports’ coverage of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, won by Orb, drew a 10.4 overnight rating and a 23 share for the race portion (6-7 p.m. ET), up 16% from the 2012 Kentucky Derby, according to overnight data provided today by The Nielsen Company. The 10.4 overnight rating ties the 2010 race as the best for […]

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Preakness television ratings decline

The television ratings for Saturdays Preakness 137 broadcast were down 7 percent from last year’s event. In 2011, the race pulled in 8.8 million viewers. In 2012, the number was down to 8.1 million. The rating was down to 5.2/13 compared to 5.6/13 in 2011.

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