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Title: And so it goes...
Post by: sally on September 09, 2007, 12:36:49 AM
RICHMOND, Va. - ESPNís broadcast of last Sunday nightís Cup race at California Speedway received a 4.3 national rating, down 15.7 percent from last season, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Last yearís race received a 5.1 rating.

Monday nightís Florida State-Clemson football game on ESPN was the highest-rated sports programming of the week, receiving a 5.0.

Last Saturdayís broadcast of the Busch Series race on ESPN2 received a 1.3 rating, down

Sally


Title: Re: And so it goes...
Post by: BrettBaldeck on September 10, 2007, 02:44:03 AM
4.3 is pretty good actually. Since it was on network TV last year and on cable this season. Richmond ratings should be up though, because its the oppisite. LAst year it was on cable, this year it was on network tv.


Title: Re: And so it goes...
Post by: Cheryl on September 10, 2007, 01:27:34 PM
I guess I don't buy the thinking that there should be any less people watching because a race is on cable.  If people are race fans, they'll watch the race whether it's on ABC or ESPN.  Also, I only know one person in Maryland who doesn't have cable and that's only because her husband is too stubborn to get it (but they aren't race fans anyway).

Cheryl


Title: Re: And so it goes...
Post by: Desmond on September 10, 2007, 06:53:09 PM
No matter what, the ratings are down.  And as long as the TV coverage is the way it is, the ratings will continue to go down, and at an even faster rate than before. :(


Title: Re: And so it goes...
Post by: BrettBaldeck on September 10, 2007, 09:08:00 PM
But it is a given fact that more people watch a race it is on network TV rather than cable. People channel surfing are more likely to watch/check in on a netowkr TV channel. As for the almost everyone has cable/satelitte thing is completely false. Yes, most people in large cities have cable. But when you live in a rural area, like I do in New York. Cable television is not an option because they don't carry it into the country. The only option is satelitte, which is expensive. So most people in rural areas only have network TV. I know a handful of people around here who just have network TV.

Yes, ratings are down. I think it is shocking to most of us that we are going down for once. I think the fix is simple. For the Busch Series they need to get the cup drivers out and make the championship mean something. As for Nextel Cup. The networks just need consistancy in their coverage and bring im some people who actually have knowledge in NASCAR TV. Where is Ken Squier when you need him.


Title: Re: And so it goes...
Post by: Vivian on September 11, 2007, 01:50:42 AM
Brett wrote:

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But when you live in a rural area, like I do in New York. Cable television is not an option because they don't carry it into the country. The only option is satelitte, which is expensive. So most people in rural areas only have network TV.

Having lived in rural areas for the past 30 years, I can appreciate that situation.  Up until 1979 we only had networks which were snowy because we could not even afford c band.  And we have never had the option to get cable as it is not in service anywhere we have lived since we were not "in town".  We have lived in 3 different rural areas in both CA and OR.  After we finally got satellite, we were always getting neighbors who wanted to check it out since we were fortunate enough to be one of the first in the area to get it.  Sometimes, I felt like we were showcasing it in all the areas we lived.  So you are right about cable not being available to all fans and here there are many fans who cannot afford satellite.

As far as the ratings, most long time veteran fans are tired of the 'show' rather than getting to watch real racing, imo...


Title: Re: And so it goes...
Post by: Cheryl on September 11, 2007, 12:32:34 PM
I guess when I say "cable," I mean cable or satellite (since that's what we have), but didn't make that clear.

As to more "casual" viewers flipping channels on network and really becoming race fans, I still don't buy that theory, but what do I know?

BTW, I didn't have cable until 1983, Vivian, so you had me beat with your satellite dish.   ;)  And after 12 years of the bad signal quality pictures on cable, I went to satellite in 1995 and haven't regretted it once. 

Cheryl