The 2012 Kentucky Derby hit a six-year low in the overnights.
The race portion of the Kentucky Derby drew a 9.0 overnight rating on NBC Saturday evening, according to USA Today — down 7% from last year (9.7), and down 13% from 2010 (10.3).
The 9.0 overnight is the lowest for the race portion of the Kentucky Derby since 2006 (8.9), and ranks as the third-lowest of the past decade.
For some perspective, the telecast drew a higher overnight than the final round of The Masters (8.1) and the Daytona 500 (7.7), but trailed every game of the 2011 NBA Finals and six of seven games of the 2011 World Series.
CORRECTION 5/7/12: The Daytona 500 drew a 7.7 overnight, not the 8.0 previously stated.
(Saturday’s numbers from USA Today)