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More than 15 million watched on NBC as Justify crossed finish line to win Triple Crown in 150th Belmont Stakes


Mon, Jun 11th 2018 05:35 pm
Justify joins Seattle Slew (1977) as only unbeaten Triple Crown winners & is 13th horse to win it
More than 15 million viewers were watching NBC's Belmont Stakes broadcast on Saturday as NBC Sports' Larry Collmus called the race, finishing with a flourish. ...
"He's just perfect! And now he's just immortal! Justify is the 13th Triple Crown winner! Justify has done it!" - Collmus' race call on NBC (to watch the full race, click HERE)
Collmus' thrilling call of the 150th Belmont Stakes on NBC, watched by 15.3 million television viewers in the 6:45-7 p.m. ET quarter hour, was also heard throughout Belmont Park and cheered by the 90,000-plus in attendance, as Justify became only the second horse in history to remain unbeaten in running to a Triple Crown (Seattle Slew, 1977). Justify is the 13th Triple Crown winner, and only the second to win the all three American Classics - Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes - in the past 40 years (American Pharoah, 2015).
The full race portion of the telecast (6:22-7:13 p.m.) posted a total audience delivery of 12.7 million viewers on NBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, which will rank as the weekend's most watched event, according to fast national data provided by Nielsen and digital data from Adobe Analytics.
In addition:
•NBC Sports Digital's presentation of the Belmont Stakes ranks as the most-streamed Belmont Stakes requiring authentication, delivering 6.2 million minutes and 233,000 uniques. The average minute audience for the Belmont Stakes via the NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com was 79,200 viewers.
•NBC Sports Digital's replay of the Belmont Stakes with Collmus' race call, plus additional Belmont video coverage (including "Collmus cam," and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski cheering on his namesake horse) was viewed more than 7 million times across NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports App, YouTube and Facebook. Collmus' race call alone accounted for more than 5 million video views.
•The 2018 Belmont Stakes (6:22-7:13 p.m.) posted a 7.5/19 fast national rating on NBC, with an average of 12.6 million TV-only viewers.

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