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Can you believe it? Later, more people watched the Kentucky Derby

NEW YORK – Perhaps to make sure it really happened, more people watched replays of 80-1 underdog Rich Strike, who won the Kentucky Derby, than watched it live.

NBC said some 36 million people followed the exciting conclusion of the premier horseracing event on NBC Sports’ social media accounts, including 11.6 million on TikTok, the most ever reached for a network sports presentation. That doesn’t include non-NBC outlets, for which no estimate was available Tuesday.

NBC’s live derby coverage was watched by an average of 16 million people across the network and in Peacock on Saturday. During the actual run of the race, the number peaked at 19 million, the network said.

It was NBC’s most watched show since the Super Bowl, the company said.

CBS dominated prime-time ratings last week, averaging 4.2 million, with “NCIS” being the most popular show. ABC had 3.7 million, NBC had 2.8 million, Fox had 2.1 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television averaged 970,000, and Telemundo had 900,000

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Turner Networks was the week’s most-watched cable network, averaging 2.85 million viewers and benefiting from the NBA’s playoff games. Fox News Channel had 2.25 million, ESPN had 1.38 million, HGTV had 998,000, and MSNBC had 963,000.

ABC’s World News Tonight won the evening news ratings race, averaging 7.8 million viewers. NBC’s Nightly News had 6.5 million viewers and CBS Evening News 4.6 million.

For the week of May 2-8, the 20 most watched shows on prime time television, their channels and viewership:

1. “NCIS”, CBS, 7.27 million.

2. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.11 million.

3. “The Equalizer,” CBS, 6.46 million.

4. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 6.23 million.

5. NBA Playoffs: Memphis at the Golden State (Saturday), ABC, 6.1 million.

6. “American Idol” (Monday), ABC, 5.82 million.

7. “Survivor,” CBS, 5.61 million.

8. “American Idol” (Sunday), ABC, 5.52 million.

9. “The Neighborhood,” CBS, 5.47 million.

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10. “Bob Hearts Abishola,” CBS, 5.4 million.

11th NBA Playoffs: Golden State in Memphis (Tuesday), Turner, 5.32 million.

12. “NCIS: Hawaii,” CBS, 5.21 million.

13. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 5.18 million.

14. “911”, Fox, 5.1 million.

15. “Magnum, PI”, 5.06 million.

16. “Law & Order: SVU,” NBC, 4.9 million.

17. “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC, 4.86 million.

18. “FBI,” CBS, 4.83 million.

19. “This Is Us,” NBC, 4.67 million.

20th NBA Playoffs: Miami at Philadelphia (Sunday), Turner, 4.63 million.

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