Historic wins for American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, and tennis great Serena Williams, who, battling the flu, won her 20th Grand Slam title, highlighted NBC’s Saturday sports coverage, which also included Game 2 of NHL Stanley Cup.
The race portion of the Belmont Stakes from 6:15–7:15 p.m. ET drew a 12.3 metered market rating, down a peg from California Chrome’s unsuccessful Triple Crown attempt last year (12.9). Still, that was the third-best overnight for a Belmont Stakes on record. The New York market, the home of the Belmont Stakes, registered a 16.6 rating – up 5% from last year.
Earlier in the day, Serena Williams’ three-set French Open victory against Lucie Safarova drew a 1.88 metered market rating, up 21% from last year’s women’s final.
In primetime, last night’s Chicago Blackhawks-Tampa Bay Lightning contest, in which the Lightning won 4-3 to even the series at one game apiece, delivered a 4.8 metered market rating, making it NBC’s best Stanley Cup Final Game 2 overnight ever and best on broadcast television on record. The face-off, which immediately followed NBC Sports’ coverage of the Belmont Stakes, was up 5% vs. last year’s double overtime Game 2 (4.56, NYR-L.A.).