- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 6, 2020

The Kentucky Derby looked quite different this year. But that didn’t stop people from watching. 

NBC announced Saturday that the iconic horse race was the most-watched sports program since the Super Bowl and the most-watched sporting event on Labor Day Weekend since 2017 — drawing 8.4 million total viewers across television and digital platforms. 

But the ratings were down significantly from last year’s event when it averaged 16.5 million viewers. The decline came as the Derby was held at a later date this year. The coronavirus pandemic forced officials to postpone the event from May to September. 

Authentic was this year’s winning horse with a time of 2:00.61. NBC said 9.4 million tuned into see Authentic cross the finish line ahead of Tiz the Law, the favorite to win.

This year’s race, like many other sporting events during the pandemic,  was held without fans in the stands. The event, held at Churchhill Downs, also faced protesters outside who converged to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was fatally shot by police at her home in March.

A banner that read “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” flew behind a plane just before the race began. 

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