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No U.S. metered market hit double-digit ratings for ABC's coverage of the Belmont Stakes for the first time since '07. Among the top 10 markets for Saturday's telecast, only three saw year-over-year gains for this year's race, which was run without a horse pursuing the Triple Crown and without the winners of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Louisville topped all metered markets for the Belmont, making the city the highest-rated U.S. market for all three Triple Crown races this year. Still, the city's ratings dropped almost 50% from a year ago. Listed below are the top 10 Nielsen metered markets for the Belmont Stakes, with comparisons to how those markets have performed in recent years (THE DAILY).RKMARKET (SIZE)'10'09'08*'07'06'05'04*1Louisville (49)7.514.618.38.06.511.024.32Cincinnati (33)5.85.310.54.34.35.316.23
Ft. Myers-Naples (64)5.57.418.104.22.168.821.14 Orlando-Daytona Beach (19)4.87.716.25.06.38.020.15 Richmond (58)4.57.014.04.72.65.616.96t Philadelphia (4)4.35.622.214.171.1240.228.16t Cleveland-Akron (18)126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52t Hartford & New Haven (30)4.15.810.04.95.19.618.68t Greenville-Spartanburg (36)4.13.6184.108.40.206.613.610 Denver (16)4.03.87.83.53.24.714.1
NOTE: * = Race featured a horse making an attempt at winning the Triple Crown.