Kentucky Derby Beats Oscars Viewership; Up From 2020, Down From 2019

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Right now, it really bites to be Essential Quality and the 93rd Academy Awards. Things are gloomy for the former because the odds-on favorite to win this year's Kentucky Derby finished fourth in Saturday's 147th running. As for the latter, after crashing to an all-time viewership low of 10.4 million for its April 25 show, […]
Right now, it really bites to be Essential Quality and the 93rd Academy Awards.

Things are gloomy for the former because the odds-on favorite to win this year's Kentucky Derby finished fourth in Saturday's 147th running. As for the latter, after crashing to an all-time viewership low of 10.4 million for its April 25 show, the Oscars are now being repeatedly trampled in comparison to events that previously barely nipped at the heels of Hollywood's biggest night.

On April 29, it was the first day of the NFL Draft that topped the Oscars. Now, it's Saturday's Kentucky Derby on NBC that took the crown. As Medina Spirit won at a socially distanced Churchill Downs, the Comcast-owned network's evening broadcast of the fabled race snagged an audience of 14.4 million.

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