NASCAR From Texas Up From Last Year’s First Saturday Night Race


Shifted from Sunday afternoon to Saturday night, NASCAR’s Samsung Mobile 500 hit a record low in the metered markets, but still managed to top last year’s comparable race.

FOX earned a 3.7 overnight rating for Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Samsung Mobile 500 from Texas, up 9% from last year’s comparable race (Phoenix: 3.4), and up 12% from the comparable race in 2009 (Phoenix: 3.3).

Last year’s spring Texas race was rained out. Compared to the 2009 race, Saturday’s telecast was down 12% from a 4.2 overnight.

Overall, this marks the lowest overnight rating ever for NASCAR’s spring Texas race (excludes rained out races). The previous low was the 4.2 for the aforementioned 2009 race.

For final ratings and viewership for the April 3 NASCAR Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 from Martinsville, click here.

(This year’s numbers from