The TNT portion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule got off to a decent start Sunday, as the Five-Hour Energy 500 From Pocono had a slight increase from last year.
Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Five-Hour Energy 500 from Pocono, PA, earned a 3.2 U.S. rating and 5.175 million viewers on TNT, up a tick in ratings and 2% in viewership from last year (3.1, 5.097M), but down 6% in both measures compared to 2009 (3.4, 5.480M).
The race was Sunday’s top program on basic cable in households, viewers and “key male demos” (Turner Broadcasting, 6/14). For the week, the race ranked as the fifth-most viewed program on cable, behind only iCarly on Nickelodeon and a series of reality shows on the History Channel.
Though strong for cable, Sunday’s race ranks as the lowest rated and least-viewed NASCAR Sprint Cup telecast of the season. Keep in mind the first thirteen races aired on broadcast network FOX.
Overall, this year’s race ranks as the third-least viewed since at least 2001 (viewership prior to 2002 was not available). As recently as 2005, the race drew 8.644 million viewers on FOX.