Good Start for NTRA Champions on CBS

CBS gained some ground with its first handling of the NTRA Champions series. The network's first broadcast on June 10 earned a final rating of 1.4 and a 4% market share. The program featured the Manhattan Handicap (gr. I) and Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) from Belmont Park and The Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood Park.

The rating was an 8% improvement over the highest rating earned during a five-race version of the series that ran last year on Fox. The Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) led the Fox series with a 1.3 rating and a 3% market share. Overall, the NTRA Champions on Fox series earned a 1.1 rating and 3% market share.

It is hard to make true comparisons between last year and this year. The revamped NTRA Champions series on CBS features 11 races broadcast on four programs in June and July.

The second program aired June 16 and featured the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. II) and the Dallas Turf Cup Handicap. The races earned an overnight rating of 1.3 and a 3% market share.
Four races will be featured during the next broadcast on July 1. The program will feature the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), the United Nations Handicap (gr. IT), the Suburban Handicap (gr. II), and the Start & Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT). The final program airs July 28 and features the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) and the Arlington Handicap (gr. III).

The NTRA Champions series moved to CBS this year because Fox had commitments to NASCAR and Major League Baseball.