Race Portion of Preakness Telecast Down 12%

The national rating for the last 75 minutes of NBC's Preakness Stakes telecast May 17 was down 12% from last year's number of viewers. Because the telecast ran 15 minutes over its 90-minute slot, the race portion of the show is included in the 5:30-6:45 p.m. ET slot measured.

The network received a 5.7 rating and a 15 share for that 75-minute slice of its program, down from a 6.5 and 16 share in 2002. Still, the 5.7 represented the third-highest rating for that portion of the show since 1992, according to NBC Sports spokesman Kevin Sullivan. Ratings for the entire program will be available Thursday.

Each rating point represents 717,310 households, and the share indicates that 15% of all televisions that were on at that time were tuned to the Preakness telecast.