UPDATE: Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race from Watkins Glen (N.Y.) averaged a 1.7 rating and 2.72 million viewers on NBCSN, down 26% in both measures from last year on the NBC broadcast network (2.3, 3.67M), and down 15% and 16% respectively from 2017 on NBCSN (2.0, 3.25M).
Chase Elliott‘s win ranks as the lowest rated edition of the race since at least 1999 and the least-watched since at least 2001. The previous lows were set in 2017.
Ratings and viewership were still respectable by 2019 standards. The race tied the highest rating of the season on cable and averaged the third-largest audience, behind New Hampshire two weeks earlier (1.7, 2.72M) and Bristol on FS1 in April (1.7, 2.81M).
In addition, it was the highest rated and most-watched sporting event of the weekend — marking the second-straight week, and just the sixth time all season, that NASCAR has taken top honors.
ORIGINAL POST 8-5-2019: Sunday’s race at Watkins Glen International earned a 1.7 overnight rating for NBCSN.
➖ No direct comparison to last year's race because that was on @NBC, but that event got a 2.3.
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) August 5, 2019