NBC Preakness ratings up 5 percent from last year

Baltimore ratings up 10 percent

By David Zurawik

The Baltimore Sun

11:17 AM EDT, May 18, 2014


The national overnight ratings for NBC's Preakness coverage were up 5 percent over last year -- the best numbers since 2010.

The 6.3/15 rating and share means 6.3 percent of all TV homes were tuned to the race, with 15 percent of the sets in use at the time of the Preakness tuned to the win by California Chrome.

Not surprisingly, Baltimore was the top market with a 17.2 rating and 39 share -- that was 10 percent higher than last year.

But it didn't beat Louisville by much with its 16.6/33.

Other Top 10 markets for the telecast:

Fort Myers 11.3/23

Cincinnati 11.2/24

Buffalo 10.5/21

Knoxville 9.8/18

Sacramento 9.8/23

Orlando 9.1/20

Richmond 8.9/19

Boston 8.4/21

Nielsen ratings data provided by NBC Sports.