NASCAR & Auto Racing

TV ratings down for Talladega Cup race

Last Sunday’s Nextel Cup race at Talladega, Ala., received a 4.6 national rating on ABC, down 4 percent from last year, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Last season’s race was broadcast on NBC and received a 4.8 rating. Sunday’s race ranked ninth among the most watched sports programs of the weekend.

Speed Channel’s broadcast of the Truck series race at Talladega on Saturday earned a 1.0 rating, matching the number from a year ago.

Ratings have declined for four straight weeks during NASCAR's Chase playoffs.