A fan enjoys Preakness Stakes day at Pimlico Race Course.

A fan enjoys Preakness Stakes day at Pimlico Race Course.

© 2017 Anne M. Eberhardt

Preakness Ratings Down, but Best of May 20 Sports

Preakness telecast earned top rating of any sports broadcast May 20.

The television ratings for the 2017 Preakness Stakes (G1) telecast on NBC declined from last year, earning a 4.9 rating and 11 share, compared with the 2016 telecast that earned a 5.8/14.

Still, the Preakness telecast of Cloud Computing scoring an upset win in the May 20 race at Pimlico Race Course earned the top rating for any sports broadcast on Saturday. The race coverage from 6:45-7 p.m. saw the ratings peak at 6.2/14.  

Top markets for NBC's 2017 Preakness telecast were: Baltimore 14.6/35; Louisville 13.2/26; Ft. Myers 12.0/21; West Palm Beach 9.0/18; Orlando 7.7/16, followed by Philadelphia 7.6/16; Knoxville 7.5/13; Dayton 7.5/15; Cincinnati 7.2/15; and Nashville 6.5/12.