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Historical Winston Cup Broadcast Network Ratings

Season

# of Races on

Broadcast TV

Rating Share
1990 4 4.5 14
1991 4 4.4 12
1992 4 5.3 15
1993 5 4.8 13
1994 5 5.3 16
1995 7 4.9 14
1996 7 5.1 15
1997 9 5.6 16
1998 12 4.8 13
1999 12 5.4 14
2000 12 5.0 13

Statistics courtesy of Fox Sports

 

Definition:

"Rating" - The percentage of TV households who watched that program when compared to all the TV households in the U.S., even if the TV was not on at that time.

"Share" - The percentage of TV households who watched that program when compared to all TV sets in use at that particular time.

 

Important Note: Speedvision reports the "rating" number different from most outlets. Their rating number for races on cable TV is usually higher than the number officially put out by Nielsen. Speedvision uses a rating to reflect the number of households that receive that channel, rather than every TV set. If Speedvision is cited below, the rating number given is the one used by Speedvision.

 

 

2000 Season

November 19/20 - Atlanta - ESPN

1.97 rating/7 share; 1,570,000 households (11/19 - one hour on ESPN)

1.76 rating/4 share; 1,401,000 households (11/20 - race on ESPN)

(Speedvision)

 

November 12 - Homestead - NBC

3.6 national rating

3,729,000 households

11th highest rated sports show on the broadcast networks

 

November 5 - Phoenix - TNN

2.81 rating/5.6 share

2,208,000 households

(Speedvision)

 

October 22 - Rockingham - TNN

3.14 rating/7 share

2,452,000 households

(Speedvision)

 

October 15 - Talladega - ESPN

3.86 rating (3.0 rating across all TV households)/9 share

3,066,000 households

4th highest rated show on cable

(Speedvision)

 

October 8 - Charlotte - TBS

3.4 rating/7.1 share

2,733,000 households

(Speedvision)

 

October 1 - Martinsville - ESPN

2.93 rating/7 share

2,333,000 households

(Speedvision)

 

September 24 - Dover - TNN

3.2 rating/7 share

2,504,000 households

(Speedvision)

 

September 17 - New Hampshire - TNN

3.1 rating/7 share

2,406,000 households

(Speedvision)

 

September 9 - Richmond - ESPN

3.4 rating/6 share

2,720,000 households

10th highest rated show on cable

(Speedvision)

2.7 rating across all TV households

 

September 3 - Darlington - ESPN

2.8 rating/6 share; 2,209,000 households (ESPN)

2.58 rating/5 share; 1,843,000 households (ESPN2)

Not in top 15 highest rated programs on cable

(Speedvision)

 

August 27 - Bristol - ESPN

3.66 rating/7 share

2,877,000 households

5th highest rated show on cable

(Speedvision)

 

August 20 - Michigan - ESPN

4.0 rating/10 share

3,186,000 households

3rd highest rated show on cable

(Speedvision)

3.2 rating across all TV households

 

August 13 - Watkins Glen - ESPN

3.77 rating/10 share

2,960,000 households

5th highest rated show on cable

(Speedvision)

 

August 5 - Indy - ABC

3.6 rating/10 share

1999 Brickyard Rating: 4.3 rating/12 share

(Speedvision)

 

July 23 - Pocono - TBS

4.2 rating

3,360,000 households

(Speedvision)

 

July 9 - New Hampshire - TNN

4.5 rating/11.8 share

3,495,000 households

(Speedvision)

 

July 1 - Daytona - CBS

5.2 rating/12 share

5,236,000 households

(Speedvision)

 

June 25 - Sears Point - ESPN

4.57 rating/10 share

3,573,000 households

(Speedvision)

 

June 18/19 - Pocono - TNN

June 18 (Rainout): 1.9 rating /5 share; 1,480,000 households

June 19 (Race): 1.7 rating/5.5 share; 1,310,000 households

(Speedvision)

 

June 11 - Michigan - CBS

2.5 rating/5.7 share

1,890,000 households

(Speedvision)

 

June 4 - Dover - TNN

4.2 rating/11 share

3,205,000 viewers

(Speedvision)

 

May 28 - Charlotte - Coke 600 - WTBS

4.3 rating/10 share

3,394,000 viewers

4th highest rated show on cable

(Speedvision)

 

May 20 - Charlotte - The Winston - TNN

3.5 rating/7 share

2,683,000 viewers

8th highest rated show on cable

(Speedvision)

 

May 6 - Richmond - ESPN

2.7 Rating

2,722,000 viewers

5th highest rated show on cable

 

April 30 - California - ABC

4.2 rating

4,278,000 viewers

5th highest rated sports show on the broadcast networks

 

April 16 - Talladega - ABC

5.3 rating

5,369,000 viewers

2nd highest rated sports show on the broadcast networks

 

April 2 - Texas - CBS

6.0 rating

6,053,000 viewers

3rd highest rated sports show on the broadcast networks

 

March 26 - Bristol - ESPN

3.7 rating

3,741,000 viewers

3rd highest rated show on cable

 

March 19 - Darlington - ESPN

3.5 rating

3,535,000 viewers

3rd highest rated show on cable

 

March 12 - Atlanta - ABC

5.7 rating

5,796,000 viewers

#1 rated sports show on the broadcast networks

Note: The taped IROC race from Daytona was shown immediately following the Winston Cup race on ABC and it was the 3rd highest rated sports show on the broadcast networks with a 4.0 rating and 3,988,000 viewers.

 

March 5 - Las Vegas - ABC

4.0 rating

3,982,000 viewers

3rd rated sports show on the broadcast networks

 

February 28 - Rockingham - TNN

3.9 rating

3,915,000 viewers

3rd highest rated show on cable

 

February 21 - Daytona - CBS

8.4 rating

8,446,000 viewers

#1 rated sports show on the broadcast networks

Note: The taped version of the Gatorade Twin 125's shown on Saturday was tied as the 6th highest rated sports show on the broadcast networks with a 3.3 rating and 3,278,000 viewers. The Busch race on Saturday was the 8th highest rated sports show on the broadcast networks with a 3.2 rating and 3,207,000 viewers.

 

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