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Cup Ratings Disappoint, Fans Spread Blame

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Fox announced Sunday's Cup race viewership was down 12.2% from 2022.

What’s Happening?

With Chase Elliott out of the race and Danica Patrick replacing Tony Stewart in the broadcast booth, Fox lost half a million viewers compared to the same race in 2022.

What You Need to Know:

  • The NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas averaged 3.991 million viewers on Fox Sunday.
  • Compared to 2022, the viewership fell 12.2% from 4.544 million.
  • Fans are always watching the ratings to judge NASCAR – and the broadcast’s – health in the mainstream.

In the Stands

Immediate reaction to the ratings was to blame Chase Elliott being out.

Others added that if the Chase Elliott effect is real, it’s a bad sign.

While some pointed to Elliott’s absence, others looked to the broadcast booth.

Fans were not happy with Patrick’s presence.

Fox has drawn plenty of negative criticism for their broadcast quality so far this year. The Pennzoil 400 production was no different.

From the Pressbox

Nascarman from Racing-Reference gives added Truck and Xfinity numbers to the story while SBJ’s Adam Stern compared the Cup viewership to other motorsports from the weekend.

Cindy Yen’s weekly analysis gave further insight into the viewership trends.

The drop off for NASCAR viewership is concerning for fans as Cup tv numbers continued to trend down. Fans can be encouraged by the fact that NASCAR remained higher than IndyCar and F1 combined, while Indy fans will be disappointed in falling behind Formula 1 race that saw Verstappen dominate the race wire to wire.

NASCAR remains atop the viewing for the motorsports weekend and the feeder series, but the numbers show something has to give for Cup broadcasts.

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