UPDATE: Last Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race from Phoenix averaged a 2.3 rating and 3.86 million viewers on FOX, marking the lowest rated and least-watched edition of the race (dates back to 2005). Ratings fell 15% and viewership 16% from the previous low set last year, when the race was the fourth of the season.
This year’s race was the fifth of the season. Last year’s fifth race was Darlington in mid-May, one of the first major sporting events after the wave of cancellations and postponements last March. It drew an unusually-high 3.7 and 6.32 million. Compared to the fifth race in 2019 — the Auto Club 400 from Fontana — ratings and viewership fell 8% from a 2.5 and 4.18 million.
ORIGINAL POST: Fox earned a 2.3 rating with 3.86 million viewers for Sunday’s Instacart 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway.
The ratings are lower than last year’s spring race, but there is not a direct comparison due to the change in the schedule.
.@FoxTV earned a 2.3 rating/3.857 million viewers for Sunday's Instacart 500; lower than spring Phoenix last year (4.592M), but that was fourth race and not on Selection Sunday; last year's fifth race wasn't till May.
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) March 16, 2021