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Derby: Big Ratings Winner Nationally, On I-4

California Chrome's win at the 140th Kentucky Derby was a great story and a big ratings winner for NBC. The networkSaturdays 140th Kentucky Derby averaged 15.3 million viewers, according to fast national data provided today by The Nielsen Company.

The Orlando came in 8th nationally with Tampa-St. Pete was right behind them in ninth place in the overall ratings. Of note was Ft. Myers that came in a very strong second behind only Louisville the home of the race.

California Chromes exciting victory in Saturdays race (6:06-6:52 p.m. ET) marks thefourth time in six years (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) that NBCs Kentucky Derby coverage averaged more than 15 million viewers. From 1991-2008, Kentucky Derby average viewership did not reach 15 million.

  • Viewership increased 3% from 2012 (14.8 million for Ill Have Anothers victory) the last time the Kentucky Derby faced head-to-head competition from the NBA Playoffs.

  • NBCs 9.4/22 household rating for the Kentucky Derby ranks as the bestSaturdayrating on any network since the 2014 Sochi Olympics on NBC (9.6/17 onFeb. 15).

  • Louisville, the home of the Kentucky Derby, topped the metered markets with a 37.8 rating/66 share (top 20 markets listed below).



1. Louisville 37.8/66
2. Ft. Myers 21.3/40
3. West Palm Beach 17.8/31
4. Buffalo 16.8/32
5. Cincinnati 16.7/35
6. Boston 15.5/35
7. Columbus 14.4/31
8. Orlando 14.3/26
T9. Tampa-St. Pete 13.6/25
T9. Indianapolis 13.6/28
11. Knoxville 13.5/26
12. Minneapolis 13.1/33
13. Hartford 13.0/27
T14. Baltimore 12.9/27
T14. Providence 12.9/25
T14. Dayton 12.9/26
17. Milwaukee 12.4/29
T18. Washington, DC 12.2/28
T18. Richmond 12.2/24
T18. Tulsa 12.2/24



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