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Strong Numbers For Belmont Coverage

Published: June 13, 2011 11:04 am ET

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According to a report, overnight ratings from Neilsen Media Research indicate that viewership of NBC's Saturday, June 11 coverage of the Belmont Stakes is up considerably over last year's broadcast.

An article on states that NBC's coverage scored a 4.8 overnight rating and an 11 share for the race portion of the telecast -- 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (ET).

That 45-minute span saw a 55 per cent increase from ABC's 2010 Belmont broadcast. The ABC broadcast had produced a 3.1/7 rating while the NBC's 2011 coverage produced a 4.8 overnight rating.

The report states that pre-race coverage also produced a strong increase in viewership.

Ruler On Ice captured the 2011 Belmont Stakes at odds of 24-1 over a 'sloppy' Belmont Park strip for trainer Kelly Breen and jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr.

(With files from

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