NASCAR Texas TV Rating (Update)

UPDATE For the first time in 14 years televising NASCAR, FOX slipped under a 3.0 rating for a Sprint Cup race. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Texas drew a 2.9 final rating and 4.8 million viewers on FOX Saturday night, down 24% in ratings and 23% in viewership from 2013 (3.8, 6.3M) and down 28% in both measures from 2012 (4.0, 6.8M). Last year's race was postponed due to rain, earning a 2.4 and 3.8 million in its scheduled Sunday afternoon window. Excluding rainouts, the 2.9 rating is easily the lowest ever for a NASCAR Sprint Cup telecast on FOX (dates back to 2001). The previous low was a 3.3 for last year's Richmond race. Of the 18 lowest rated NASCAR telecasts on FOX, 13 have taken place on a Saturday night. Again excluding rainouts, the 2.9 is also the lowest rating in the history of the spring Texas race (dates back to 1997). The previous low was the previously noted 3.8 in 2013. Prior to moving from Sunday to Saturday in 2011, the race had never dipped below a 4.7 rating. Sports Media Watch

04/13/15 Fox drew a 2.9 overnight rating for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Duck Commander 500 on Saturday night from Texas Motor Speedway, which was the series’ first primetime race of the season. That figure is down from a 3.2 overnight for the race from Darlington Raceway on the same weekend last year, which also was in primetime. The first TMS race in ’14 aired a weekend earlier and was rained out (moved to a Monday).

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