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Derby scores for NBC Sports

Race was up 12% from last year

Street Sense wasn’t the only winner over the weekend. NBC Sports coverage of the 133rd Kentucky Derby was up 12% from last year’s race.

Net hit highest overnight ratings since 1992, up to 8.3 from last year’s 7.4 according to overnight ratings released Monday by Nielsen Media Research.

In Saturday’s race segment, where jockey Calvin Borel took Street Sense from 19th place to win the Run for the Roses, the broadcast (5:45-6:45 p.m. ET) earned a 9.8/21, up 10% from 2006 (8.9/20).

NBC’s Derby pre-race (5-5:45 p.m.) notched a 6.4/15, 16% ahead of 2006 (5.5/13).

The addition of celeb-filled red carpet coverage from 4:30-5 p.m. took a 3.2 rating.

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