Vegas Ratings

Fast on the heels of NASCAR’s claim that Vegas featured the most green flag passing ever recorded1 comes the news that Vegas garnered one of the lowest ratings since Fox started carrying the sport.

NASCAR and golf tied for Sunday’s lead, but it was golf on the upswing and NASCAR on the downswing. The final round of the WGC’s Tiger-boosted rating was up 44 percent from 2012 (3.1) and 84 percent from 2011 (2.4). NASCAR’s Las Vegas event, however, was down 4 percent from 2012 (4.6) and drew the second-lowest number for the race since Fox started broadcasting it 2001. That said, it was still tied for the weekend’s highest-rated sporting event.


So, tied for the highest rated sporting event but still at its lowest ratings in a while. Is it just that people aren’t watching any sports or TV on Sunday? Or is it indicative of a problem with NASCAR TV broadcasting?

1 NASCAR used loop data to show that there were more green flag passes than ever previously recorded – except that the loop data records only go back to 2005. And every temporary change of position during the green flag pit stops was also counted as a “pass”.

Fox Sports 1 – R.I.P. Speed

Speed will be replaced by a new channel called Fox Sports 1. No longer will there be a channel dedicated to racing and motorsports.

From the announcement:

“Our ‘secret,’ admittedly a very poorly kept one, is now revealed,”

Don’t oversell it now.

In fact, the schedule on Aug. 17 features live events morning, noon and night including a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Michigan

Not the race I would pick for the network debut. Last year’s race was won with fuel mileage. Why pick August 17th as your network debut?

FS1 will carry:

Select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races as soon as 2015; NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races; NASCAR Sprint All-Star race; all SpeedWeeks events leading up to the Daytona 500 including: Daytona 500 Qualifying, Sprint Unlimited at Daytona (2014, 2017-22) and the Budweiser Duel, now in prime time;

Sports to be covered by this news channel:

  • College Basketball
  • College Football
  • Soccer
  • UFC

Can’t wait for the first race to have shortened coverage because of an overtime Basketball or Football game.