2007 Derby by a nose

Race down 3% from a five-year high

NEW YORK -- Saturday afternoon's Kentucky Derby missed by a length NBC's high-water mark in the ratings last year.

The race averaged a 9.5 overnight household rating/21 share, Nielsen Media Research said Sunday. That's down 3% from last year, which was the best in at least five years.

Saturday's race ratings, beginning at 5:45 p.m. was up 7% compared with 2006's 8.9/20.