142nd Kentucky Derby Draws 15.5 million viewers for Nyquist win

May 10, 2016

Saturday’s 141st running of the Kentucky Derby averaged 15.5 million viewers from 6:21-7:08p with peak viewing of 17.9 million viewers between 6:45-7:00p. The 15.5 million was down 3% from last year’s 16.0 million It scored a 9.0/21 national household rating/share, down 6% from last year’s 9.6/23. Kentucky Derby Viewership 1989-2016: Year Network Viewers Winner 2016 NBC 15.5 million Nyquist 2015 NBC 16.0 million American Pharoah 2014 NBC 15.3 million California Chrome 2013 NBC 16.2 million…

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The Kentucky Derby still draws a crowd (TV Viewership 1989-2015)

May 6, 2016

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 16 million, for…

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Kentucky Derby Draws 16 million viewers, 3rd Best Since 1989

Saturday’s 141st running of the Kentucky Derby averaged 16.0 million viewers from 6:16-7:02p with peak viewing of 17.9 million viewers between 6:30-6:45p. The 16.0 million was up 4% from last year’s 15.3. It scored a 9.6/23 national household rating share, up 2% from last year’s 9.4/22. Year Network Viewers Winner 2015 NBC 16.0 million American Pharoah 2014 NBC 15.3 million California Chrome 2013 NBC 16.2 million Orb 2012 NBC 14.8…

May 5, 2015
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Lots of people still love the Kentucky Derby (TV Viewership 1989-2014)

May 2, 2015

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,…

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