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Kentucky Derby's preliminary TV ratings up from 2012

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Bob Costas (right) anchored NBC's coverage of the 139th Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

NEW YORK (AP) The Kentucky Derby television coverage has matched its highest preliminary rating in 21 years.

The race portion from 6-7 p.m. EDT on Saturday on NBC drew a 10.4 overnight rating and 23 share. The network said Sunday that was up 16 percent from last year and tied 2010 for the best rating since a 10.9 in 1992.

Favorite Orb came back to win a race that had several jockeys trying to make history.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned to a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time. Overnight ratings measure the country's largest markets.

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