Keyword: NBC

  • Derby National TV Rating Flat for Race Segment

    NBC Sports reported an 8.4 national rating and a 20 share for the race portion (5:45-6:45 p.m. EDT) of its May 6 Kentucky Derby telecast. The rating is slightly down from last year's 9.0/22 national rating for the race portion of the telecast.

  • Tom Hammond

    Broadcaster Tom Hammond Wednesday's Guest on Talkin' Horses

    Join renowned NBC broadcaster Tom Hammond as he prepares to host this year's 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Hammond will share his memories and insights on the eve of racing's most celebrated event and be the special guest live online for the Wednesday, April 26th edition of bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses" beginning at Noon.

  • Retired Jockey Stevens Signs Contract with NBC

    Retired jockey Gary Stevens has officially joined NBC Sports' broadcasting team, according to his manager, Kelly Weitsma. The Hall of Fame rider finalized a long-term deal with NBC earlier this month, and will co-host the network's horse racing coverage along with broadcasting veteran Tom Hammond.

  • Retired jockey Gary Stevens in line for television role.

    Stevens Ponders Television Series Role

    Less than two months after his Nov. 26 retirement from racing, former jockey Gary Stevens is considering an invitation to guest star in the ABC original family series <i>Wildfire</i>.

  • Breeders' Cup TV Ratings Rise Slightly

    National television ratings for NBC's telecast of the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships from Belmont Park in New York increased slightly from last year's numbers.

  • Belmont Stakes Ratings Down in Last Run on NBC

    Without a possible Triple Crown winner on the line, ratings for NBC's June 11 broadcast of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) dropped to an average overnight rating of 5.0 with an 11 share, down from 13.4 with a 27 share from last year when Smarty Jones made his bid for the 2004 Triple Crown.

  • Without Smarty, NBC's Preakness Ratings Drop

    NBC Sports' television broadcast of the 130th running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) averaged a 5.1/13 national rating/share, down sharply from last year when Smarty Jones captured the middle leg of the Triple Crown, but up slightly from the same figures for 2003.

  • NBC Releases Derby Broadcast Overnight Ratings

    NBC Sports' broadcast of Giacomo's surprise win at the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) notched an 8.2 overnight rating and 19 share, slightly down from an 8.3 rating in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

  • NBC Inks 5-Year Deal for Derby, Preakness

    Continuing a relationship that began in 2001, NBC Sports has reached an agreement with Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment/Maryland Jockey Club to telecast the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes an additional five years, from 2006 to 2010.

  • Breeders' Cup Inks Eight-Year Deal With ESPN

    The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be televised on ESPN beginning in 2006 under an eight-year contract between the two parties, officials announced April 29. Financial details weren't released, but officials called it a "revenue-sharing" package designed to help racing capitalize on multimedia and technology.

  • NBC Sports Kicks Off Live Triple Crown Coverage

    NBC Sports will kick off coverage of the 2005 Visa Triple Crown season Saturday with a two-hour telecast of "NTRA Road to the Kentucky Derby." The broadcast begins 4 p.m. ET and will feature live coverage of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) from Santa Anita Park; Wood Memorial (gr. I) from Aqueduct.; and the Illinois Derby (gr. II) from Hawthorne Race Course.

  • NBC Kicks off Visa Triple Crown Season Coverage April 9

    NBC will kick off coverage of the 2005 Visa Triple Crown season April 9, with the two-hour telecast of "NTRA Road to the Kentucky Derby." The show will air from 4-6 p.m. (ET) and will feature live coverage of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), Wood Memorial (gr. I), and the Illinois Derby (gr. II).

  • Sunshine Millions Overnight Ratings Dip

    NBC's telecast of the Jan. 29 Sunshine Millions from Gulfstream Park in Florida and Santa Anita Park in California earned modest overnight ratings for the network that ticked down below the 2004 edition.

  • NBC Beams Sunshine Millions

    NBC Sports will present live coverage of the third annual Sunshine Millions on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

  • NBC Sports Wins Eclipse Award for Belmont Show

    NBC Sports won the Eclipse Award for National Television – Live Racing for its production of the 2004 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 4.

  • Breeders' Cup Overnight TV Ratings Down 14%

    NBC's coverage of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 30 from Lone Star Park drew a smaller television audience than the 2003 telecast from Santa Anita Park, according to overnight ratings.

  • NBC Program Features Breeders' Cup Highlights, Hypothetical Classic

    A look back at the greatest moments in Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships history and a simulated race involving the 19 previous winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) will be featured in "20 to 1: The Breeders' Cup Legacy" to air Sunday on NBC from 4:30-6:00 p.m. (ET).

  • NBC Belmont Telecast Highest-Rated Show of Week

    NBC Sports' coverage of last Saturday's 136th Belmont Stakes was the week's No. 1 rated show on network television while generating the event's highest national rating since 1981.

  • Belmont TV Overnight Rating Best in 27 Years

    Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) win by 36-1 shot Birdstone ended previously unbeaten Smarty Jones' Visa Triple Crown hopes and delivered a 13.4 overnight rating and a 27 share, the best Belmont overnight since a 15.4/47 for Seattle Slew's Triple Crown-clinching victory in 1977, according to Nielsen Media Research.

  • Preakness TV Rating Highest Since 1990

    NBC Sports' broadcast of Smarty Jones' win in the 129th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) Saturday delivered a 6.1 national rating / 15 share for the full telecast, which is the best since 1990 and a 22% improvement over last year's 5.0/13, according to Nielsen Media Research. The 1990 Preakness, won by Summer Squall, generated a 7.2 rating/21 share.

  • Kentucky Derby on NBC Draws 7.4 Rating

    NBC Sports' broadcast of Smarty Jones' win in the 130th Kentucky Derby was watched by 17 million -the second-biggest Derby audience since 1992 and an increase of 17% over last year's total audience of 14.5 million viewers, according to NBC Sports Research estimates.

  • Initial Ratings Show Derby TV Audience Increased

    NBC Sports' broadcast of Smarty Jones' win at the 130th Kentucky Derby on Saturday (5-6:45 p.m. ET) delivered an 8.3 overnight rating and an 18 share -- tying the numbers for NBC's 2001 and 2002 Derby telecasts as the highest-rated since 1992 (9.5/26 on ABC) and giving NBC the three best Kentucky Derby overnight ratings of the past 12 years, according to Nielsen Media Research.

  • NBC Takes Eclipse for Live Programming

    NBC Sports has won the Eclipse Award for National Television – Live Racing Programming for its production of the 2003 Preakness Stakes, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 14. Other media Eclipse Award winners were also named.

  • Breeders' Cup TV Ratings Equal Last Year

    Television ratings for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 25 stayed on an even keel with last year's numbers, according to overnight ratings taken from 55 metered markets.

  • NTRA Offers Nationwide Pick Six Wager Saturday

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) will offer a nationwide Pick Six wager, called the NTRA National Pick 6, on six important Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships prep races being contested this Saturday, Oct. 4.

  • Dodge to Sponsor Breeders' Cup Classic

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited announced that Dodge has become a marketing partner as well as the title and divisional sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Classic.

  • Race Portion of Belmont Telecast Tops Weekly Ratings

    NBC's telecast of the June 7 Belmont Stakes finished in the top five among the 122 primetime network programs for the week of June 2-8 and the race portion of the telecast rated as the No. 1 show on network television.

  • Belmont's Media Blitz

    While track officials are hoping for a record crowd for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to watch Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide bid for the Triple Crown, they have already set a record...for press credentials.

  • Kentucky Derby TV Ratings Down 10%

    Final TV ratings for last Saturday's telecast of the Kentucky Derby were down 10% from 2002 figures, following a trend of lower ratings for major sporting events in the second quarter of 2003.

  • NBC President to Speak at Derby Journalism Seminar

    NBC Sports president Ken Schanzer will deliver the keynote address during the 12th annual Collegiate Sports Journalism Seminar at Churchill Downs, which is scheduled for April 24-27.