MARTINSVILLE, Va. - So far this season, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Craftsman Truck series have seen increases in TV ratings while the Nationwide Series has seen a significant decline.
Through five events, Fox’s ratings are up four percent for Cup races over last season and the network has seen a seven percent increase in the number of households turning in.
Speed Channel’s Truck ratings through two races (Fox carried one of the season’s first three races) are up 17 percent over last season. Through all three races, the total number of households tuning in has seen a 30 percent increase.
ESPN’s coverage of the Nationwide series has seen a drop of 13 percent in ratings in its four cable broadcasts and down nine percent in on the one race on ABC from a year ago. The number of households tuning in on the cable broadcasts is down nine percent and down 11 percent on the ABC broadcast.