Last year's final rating was 5.6, up considerably over the previous year's 4.6.This year, the rating peaked from 6-6:30 p.m. ET with an 8.9/19 (14 percent better than last year's 7.8/18 from 6-6:30 p.m. ET).The Preakness Stakes lead-in, network officials said, helped boost NBC's coverage of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals between the L.A. Lakers and Sacramento Kings to a 7.5 rating/14 share, compared to last year's 7.0/15 for the comparable Western Conference Finals Game 1 match-up (Lakers-Spurs).
NBC Sports coverage of the 127th Preakness Stakes Saturday won by War Emblem generated a 6.5 overnight rating and 15 share (5-6:45 p.m. ET), the highest overnight rating for the Preakness since 1990's 7.8/20 on ABC, according to Nielsen Media Research. The 6.5 overnight represents an 8 percent increase over last year's 6.0/15 overnight rating in NBC's first year of Triple Crown coverage.The overnight rating is based on the 53 metered markets.