Overnight ratings for The Preakness Stakes tumbled to the lowest level in more than a decade.
The race portion of The Preakness Stakes drew a 5.5 overnight rating on NBC Saturday evening, according to USA Today — down 8% from last year (6.0) and down 14% from 2010 (6.4).
The 5.5 overnight surpasses last year’s 6.0 as the lowest for the event since at least 2000.
This marks the third straight year, and the seventh time in eight years, that overnight ratings have dropped for The Preakness.
Of course, keep in mind that overnight ratings are preliminary. Earlier this month, overnight ratings for The Kentucky Derby dropped 7% and hit a six-year low — but the final rating for the race was up 6%.
(Saturday’s overnight from USA Today)