Unlike Many Big Sports Events theRatings 20 Year Trend is Up
2/25 Update: The 17.752 million viewers for the 2008 race was a small increase from 2007's 17.532m, but well down from 2006's 19.355m. The trend over the last 8 years has been relatively flat.
Unlike other sports events besides the , the TV ratings trend for NASCAR's has been generally positive over the last 20 years. Vroom!
Note that from 1974-1979 ABC televised only the last 90 minutes of the race. 2006-2008 viewing is Live+SD, all other years are Live viewing.
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