Big Brown drew viewers to ABC


He may not have paid off for bettors, but Big Brown’s failed attempt at winning the Triple Crown gave the Belmont Stakes telecast on ABC an 8.6 overnight rating, up 177% from last year’s Belmont. However, notes that was down 35.8% from 2004 (then on NBC), which was the last time a horse was running in the Belmont after winning both the Kentucky Derby and The Preakness.