Lots of people still love the Kentucky Derby (TV Viewership 1989-2014)

 

After decades on ABC, the Kentucky Derby moved to NBC in 2001 where it has been since and NBC reversed a decades long downward viewership trend on ABC.

NBC did that in part by measuring the telecast window a bit differently than ABC had, but it’s important to note the NBC numbers below are *not* merely the actual race which runs a bit over two minutes.

Last year’s average viewership of 15.3 million, for example, was calculated over a 46 minute window from 6:06-6:52p. If they counted just the numbers for the ~two-minute race, viewership would presumably have been dramatically higher.

Kentucky Derby TV viewership 1989-2014:

Year Network Viewers Winner
2014 NBC 15.3 million California Chrome
2013 NBC 16.2 million Orb
2012 NBC 14.8 million I’ll Have Another
2011 NBC 14.5 million Animal Kingom
2010 NBC 16.5 million Super Saver
2009 NBC 16.1 million Mine That Bird
2008 NBC 14.2 million Big Brown
2007 NBC 13.7 million Street Sense
2006 NBC 12.9 million Barbaro
2005 NBC 13.6 million Giacomo
2004 NBC 14.6 million Smarty Jones
2003 NBC 11.8 million Funny Cide
2002 NBC 12.8 million War Emblem
2001 NBC 13.5 million Monarchos
2000 ABC 9.1 million Fusaichi Pegasus
1999 ABC 9.9 million Charismatic
1998 ABC 9.5 million Real Quiet
1997 ABC 11.3 million Silver Charm
1996 ABC 11.0 million Grindestone
1995 ABC  9.3 million Thunder Gulch
1994 ABC 12.1 million Go For Gin
1993 ABC 11.5 million Sea Hero
1992 ABC 13.7 million Lil E Tee
1991 ABC 13.4 million Strike The Gold
1990 ABC 15.6 million Unbridled
1989 ABC 18.5 million Sunday Silence

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