The Preakness Stakes draws a 6.2 overnight rating, up 7% from 2015

May 22, 2016

Exaggerator won at The Preakness which drew a 6.2/14 overnight rating/share on Saturday. That’s up 6.9% from last year’s 5.8 overnight but still a smidge off the 6.3 overnight rating the race drew in 2014. While that’s good news for NBC, Exaggerator’s win is a mixed-bag for the network. With no shot at a Triple Crown this year the ratings for the Belmont Stakes will fall far short of last year’s numbers. Per NBC Sports the Preakness peaked with 8.0/18 household…

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Historical viewership for the Preakness Stakes 1993-2016 (Updated)

May 20, 2016

The Preakness always takes a backseat to the Kentucky Derby ratings-wise. In 2015 when the Kentucky Derby averaged 16 million viewers, the Preakness averaged 8.9 million. Still, nearly 9 million viewers isn’t shabby and the Preakness winner determines the fate of ratings for the Belmont Stakes. If Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist wins the Preakness there will be much more interest in the Belmont. Update: Exaggerator’s 2016 win averaged 9.4 million viewers. Viewership for the Preakness Stakes 1993-2015: Year…

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The Preakness Stakes draws a 5.8 overnight rating, down 8% from 2014

May 17, 2015

Update: the race averaged 8.9 million viewers, down 7% versus 2014. American Pharoah won the second leg of horse racing’s triple crown at The Preakness which drew a 5.8 overnight rating on Saturday. That’s down 7.9% from last year’s 6.3 overnight. While that’s not great news for NBC, American Pharoah’s win certainly was. The difference in the numbers for the Belmont Stakes is vast between having a triple crown contender…

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Historical viewership for the Preakness Stakes 1993-2015

May 15, 2015

The Preakness always takes a backseat to the Kentucky Derby ratings-wise. In 2015 when the Kentucky Derby averaged 16 million viewers, the Preakness averaged 8.9 million. Still, nearly 9 million viewers isn’t shabby and the Preakness winner determines the fate of ratings for the Belmont Stakes. If Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist wins the Preakness there will be much more interest in the Belmont. Viewership for the Preakness Stakes 1993-2015: Year Net Viewers Winner 2015 NBC 8.9 million…

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