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Belmont Overnight TV Ratings Soar

The Triple Crown quest resulted in a huge spike for ABC's television audience.

from ABC

Big Brown's failed quest for a coveted Triple Crown drew in the television viewers.

The Belmont Stakes (gr. I) broadcast on ABC from 6:15-7:15 p.m. EDT delivered a 10.5 overnight metered market rating, up 169% from last year's race (3.9).

The Belmont race coverage also topped the rating of this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) by 11% (9.5), and the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) by 64% (6.4).

The pre-race coverage, from 5-5:30 p.m., earned a 4.5 rating, 150% higher than last year (1.8).