Oh, what a day! Kentucky Derby 2012 was a lot of work, but an absolute blast. If you couldn’t make it to the Derby, don’t worry! I’ve got your recap right here.
I had the difficult job of covering the red carpet and interviewing celebrities. Poor, me. 🙂
Even though I bet on several horses (cough, 10 to be exact) and didn’t win a dime, I also didn’t lose much. “I’ll Have Another” took home the crown!
LEX 18’s award-winning coverage kicked off Friday night with me at the Barnstable Brown party. The star-studded event that features celebrities from Hollywood and beyond in the Bluegrass, all their to party with a purpose: to raise money for Diabetes research. And of course, to pre-game for the big race!
Apparently I even made it on NBC sports coverage – a friend in Oklahoma snapped the above pic of me interviewing Aaron Rodgers! And yes, he’s just as dreamy in person!
A few notables I interviewed: Joey Fatone – who I adore! Check out this clip from our interview…and how I show him an old-school throw back from when I met him in 1999! ha!
I loved meeting E!’s Catt Sadler! What a beautiful person! And, she was SO sweet!
Although Ashton Kutcher gave me the cold shoulder, I got to meet others that made up for it!
And, turns out lots of you at home watched the Derby on NBC! Here are the numbers:
14.8 MILLION WATCH KENTUCKY DERBY ON NBC
Viewership up from Last Year; 3rd Most-Watched Kentucky Derby in 23 Years
9.0 National Rating up 6% from Last Year
Fourth Straight Year NBC’s Coverage Surpasses 14.5 Million
|NEW YORK – May 8, 2012 – NBC Sports’ coverage of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby drew 14.8 million viewers, the third most-watched Kentucky Derby in 23 years, and up two percent from last year’s Derby according to official national data provided today by The Nielsen Company. The household rating of 9.0/20 is up six percent from last year’s race. Since implementing NBC Sports’ ‘Big Event Strategy,’ the last four Kentucky Derby races have all recorded at least 14.5 million viewers.NBC Sports’ coverage of the Kentucky Derby over the last 12 years averages more than 2 million more viewers than the previous 12 Kentucky Derby broadcasts on ABC (14.1 million vs.12.0 million, up 17 percent).
Saturday’s race (6:06-6:54 p.m. ET), won by I’ll Have Another, is up two percent from last year’s 14.5 million, making it the third most-watched Kentucky Derby since 1989 when Sunday Silence won the Derby (18.5 million). The household rating of 9.0/20 is up six percent from last year’s race (8.5/19).
KENTUCKY DERBY CONTINUES TO BE A HIT WITH FEMALE VIEWERS: The Kentucky Derby once again proved to be very popular with female viewers. In fact, 51 percent of Derby viewers 18+ were women, making it the only annual sporting event that draws more female than male viewers.
KENTUCKY DERBY VIEWERSHIP
2012 14.8 million NBC I’ll Have Another