Sun Shines Bright On NBC Derby Coverage

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NBC says its coverage Saturday of the Kentucky Derby, with the Queen of England on hand for some extra star power, recorded an 8.3 rating/18 share in the Nielsen overnight ratings.

That was the best performance for the race since 1992, said ABC.

The actual race portion of the telecast--5:45-6:45--recorded a 9.8/21, up 10% from last year.

Not surprisingly, the ratings and share market leader by a mile (make that a mile and a quarter), was Louisville (home of the race) at a 36.6 rating/65 share.