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Las Vegas TV ratings UPDATE

UPDATE: Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race from Las Vegas averaged a 2.6 rating and 4.36 million viewers on FOX, marking the lowest rated edition of the race since it debuted in 1998 and the smallest audience since at least 2001 (viewership prior to 2002 was not available). Ratings fell 19% and viewership 21% from last year, when it was the second race of the season (3.2, 5.50M).

Compared to last year’s fourth race of the season, Phoenix, ratings fell a tick (from 2.7) and viewership 5% (from 4.58M). All four Cup Series races this season have declined from the corresponding weeks of last season, though this week’s drop was the smallest thus far.

In other NASCAR action, the Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas turned in a 0.7 and 1.28 million. Last year’s Xfinity race at the track aired on FS2 and had a 0.21 and 341,000. Compared to the fourth Xfinity race of last season, from Phoenix, ratings fell a tick (from 0.8) but viewership increased (from 1.19M).

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ORIGINAL POST: Fox earned a 2.6 rating with 4.3 million viewers for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

That is down slightly, from last year’s race at Phoenix.