This is one sporting event that females outnumber males. That would be The Kentucky Derby and that is what happened.
As I'll Have Another won the race, females won the ratings. A whopping 51 percent of the viewers ages 18 and up were female. This, according to Neilsen, is the only sporting event in the United States in which the females outrank the males.
Meanwhile, the race was seen by 14.8 million viewers. When one thinks about that number, it would easily be in the top 10 for any given week of the TV season. But note: this is a late afternoon event and not in prime time, so this number is all the more impressive.
Here are the ratings, thanks to Neilsen. The top metered market, of course, is Louisville where 59 percent of the TV viewers public watched the race. That 59 is the share and that means of all the TV sets that were turned on at the time of the race. The rating would be of all TV sets in that metered market. For example, that market saw a 31.7 rating and 59 share.
Here is a short list of previous winners and the ratings.
2012 14.8 million - NBC I’ll Have Another
2011 14.5 million - NBC Animal Kingdom
2010 16.5 million - NBC Super Saver
2009 16.3 million - NBC Mine That Bird
2008 14.2 million - NBC Big Brown
2007 13.8 million - NBC Street Sense
2006 12.9 million - NBC Barbaro
2005 13.6 million - NBC Giacomo
2004 14.6 million - NBC Smarty Jones
2003 11.8 million - NBC Funny Cide
2002 12.8 million - NBC War Emblem
2001 13.8 million - NBC Monarchos
2000 9.1 million - ABC Fusaichi Pegasus