Over 16 million viewers watched Kentucky Derby on NBC Sports
The final numbers are out for NBC Sports' Kentucky Derby coverage, and Saturday's telecast attracted 16.2 million viewers, making it the second most-watched Kentucky Derby since 1989.
It's the third time in five years that NBC has gotten over 16 million viewers.
A total of 18.5 million watched the 1989 Derby on ABC.
The viewership for the race is up 9 percent from last year's Derby (14.8 million), and up 12 percent from the 2011 Derby (14.5 million), according to official national data provided to NBC Sports by The Nielsen Company.
Some other notes:
-- The household rating of 9.7/21 is the best since 2010 (9.8/23), and tied 2009 as the second highest-rated Derby since 1992 (10.3/30 on ABC).
-- The 9.7/21 rating is up eight percent from last year’s race (9.0/20) and up 14 percent from 2011 (8.5/19).
-- The prerace on NBC (5-6:05 p.m.) drew 9.1 million viewers, an increase of 12 percent from last year (8.1 million) and is the second-best pre-race viewership dating back to 1992.
-- NBC Sports Network’s five-hour pre-race show (11 a.m.–4 p.m.) drew 500k viewers, up 19 percent from last year (421,000).