Belmont Stakes Viewership down from last year + Blackhawks-Lightning Game 2 sets records


American Pharoah won the first Triple Crown since 1978, but as with the overnight ratings, viewership for the Belmont Stakes was down from last year. The “race portion” coverage from 6:15-7:15 averaged 18.6 million viewers. Down from the 20.6 million last year. But during the quarter hour that included the actual race (6:45-7p ET) peaked with 22 million viewers.

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning which aired immediately after the Belmont Stakes averaged 6.6 million viewers  and was the most-watched game 2 on record and the most-watched non-deciding Stanley Cup Final game on record.

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