Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming leads the field as NBC Sports Group presents the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1), middle jewel of the Triple Crown, at 5 p.m. EDT May 20 on NBC.
NBC Sports' coverage of the 143rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) posted numerous viewership milestones according to fast national data provided by The Nielsen Company and digital data from Adobe Analytics.
Overnight of 10.5/23 is second-highest in the past 25 years.
Following are highlights of NBC Sports Group's coverage of the 143rd Kentucky Derby, which includes more than seven live hours on Derby Day between NBC and NBCSN.
Mike Tirico, who was recently named NBC's primetime Olympics host, will be taking the Triple Crown hosting reins from Tom Hammond, an award-winning member of NBC Sports' horse racing team for more than three decades.
Panels focusing on televised coverage of horse racing, the South American breeding and racing industry, and international integrity efforts will highlight the business sessions at the second Pan American Conference.
The 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In television schedule will include 11 live programs featuring 17 qualifying races and other major stakes on the road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television—Live Racing Programming for its broadcast of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), featuring the dramatic duel between Arrogate and California Chrome.
About a half million more viewers tuned in to watch Exaggerator deliver Nyquist his first loss than watched American Pharoah in 2015.
NBC Sports will produce the first virtual reality horse racing coverage.
NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television/Live Racing Programming for its broadcast of the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) when American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
American Pharoah will parade at Santa Anita Park June 27, the Arcadia, Calif. track announced June 19. Saturday will also feature four graded stakes, including the $500,000 Gold Cup (gr. I).
Breeders' Cup June 12 announced it will partner with Burst, a mobile video platform, for the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships and select Breeders' Challenge Series races.
NBC Sports said the May 2 telecast of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs registered a 10.8/24 overnight household rating and share, the highest since it first broadcast the race in 2001.
Equine surgeon Keith Latson will represent the American Association of Equine Practitioners' On Call program and assist NBC Sports with horse health information during the May 1-2 live racing telecasts from Churchill Downs.
NHL analyst and former hockey player Eddie Olczyk will be part of NBC Sports' coverage of the 2015 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brand (gr. I) as a handicapper.
Bob Neumeier, the longtime NBC Sports handicapper and Boston sportscaster, won the inaugural NTRA NHC Charity Challenge Jan. 24, less than three months after suffering serious stroke.
NBC Sports has won the media Eclipse Award for television features for "California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion," the story of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner.
Boston sports broadcaster and longtime racing analyst Bob Neumeier was hospitalized Oct. 29 after reportedy suffering a stroke, according to the Boston Globe.
NBC Sports' international horse racing analyst Nick Luck and the Breeders' Cup social media team will conduct a live chat on Twitter this Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. EDT.
NBC Sports has announced its lineup of coverage for June 6-7 in conjunction with the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), in which California Chrome will shoot for the Triple Crown.
NBC Sports wins for its live Kentucky Derby broadcast, while an HRTV documentary about retired Thoroughbreds helping struggling war veterans wins features division.
Horse racing's decades-old video production of live racing through the pan shot was panned, and otherwise described as unimaginative when compared with other sporting events, during an industry conference Oct. 8.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners announced that longtime on-call veterinarian Dr. Mary Scollay will serve as spokesperson for equine health during NBC Sports racing coverage at Churchill Downs.
NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television -- Live Racing Programming for its broadcast of the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Television viewership was up 2% for the 2012 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), while the share of viewers watching the race rose 6%, making I'll Have Another's victory the third-highest watched since Sunday Silence in 1989.
The Jockey Club, in collaboration with the NBC Sports Group, CNBC, and six racetracks, will provide live coverage of six major preps for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The NBC Sports family of networks will televise stakes action from Saratoga in 2012 and 2013, extending its initial agreement that saw them beam 2011 races from the Spa to a nationwide audience.
Keeneland Association and the NBC Sports Group announced Aug. 18 a partnership to broadcast "Autumn at Keeneland," live racing from Keeneland in Lexington, over two weekends this fall beginning Oct. 7 on VERSUS.
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NBC Sports' June 11 telecast of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) saw substantial ratings increases over the 2010 edition on ABC, according to data from The Nielsen Company.
According to data provided by The Nielsen Company, ratings for NBC Sports' telecast of the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) showed a slight increase from year-ago numbers.
More than 14.5 million viewers watched the Kentucky Derby May 7 on NBC Sports, the network reported, making it the fourth most-watched Derby in the past 21 years.
NBC Sports reported strong overnight ratings for its May 7 telecast of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), slightly off from last year's record numbers.
Larry Collmus will step into race-caller chair for all three Triple Crown events; Versus will have live coverage of Derby draw.
Tom Durkin April 26 announced his decision not to renew his contract to call the Triple Crown races this year for NBC Sports.
Dr. Larry Bramlage, representing the AAEP, to assist NBC, ESPN with horse-health related issues regarding Derby, Oaks programs.
Gary Stevens will disband his 14-horse stable in California to concentrate on increased work in television leading up to this year's Triple Crown, the retired Hall of Fame jockey announced Jan. 16.
NBC Sports has won the 2009 Media Eclipse Award in the National Television Feature programming category for its documentary "The Story of Mine That Bird, 50-1", which aired at the beginning of its Preakness Stakes.
NBC Sports' coverage of Mine That Bird's upset victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) earned a 10.2 overnight rating and 22 share during the 6-7 p.m. ET hour when the race was presented, according to data provided May 4 from Nielsen Media Research.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and National Turf Writers Association announced Jan. 6 that NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for National Television - Live Programming for its telecast of the 2008 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
NBC Sports' coverage of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 3 was the most viewed Kentucky Derby in four years (Smarty Jones, 2004), and second most viewed in at least 17 years. The race (5:43-6:39 p.m. ET) averaged 14.2 million viewers, up 3% from 2007 (13.8 million).
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 3 that HBO Sports has won the 2007 Media Eclipse Award in the national television feature programming category for its documentary "Barbaro," which aired June 6 of last year.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has reached an agreement with HorseRacing TV to serve as an on-air analyst, the network announced Nov. 7.
Churchill Downs is offering viewers across the country a televised preview of its daily racing programs on "Churchill Downs Today," a new 30-minute show that will air during the track's 21-day fall meet.
NBC reported overnight ratings for this year's Preakness that were slightly off last year's Barbaro Preakness numbers, but were still relatively strong for the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
NBC Sports' coverage of the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands recorded an 8.3 overnight rating and 18 share, up 12% from last year and equal to the highest overnight rating for the broadcast since 1992, according to ratings released May 6.
NBC will begin its Kentucky Derby coverage with a special 30-minute red carpet and celebrity interview program featuring talent from its "Access Hollywood" show.
NBCSports.com will stream live coverage of the Florida Derby this Saturday, March 31, from Gulfstream Park.
NBC Sports has won the media Eclipse Award for national television--live racing for its production of the 2006 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
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