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Ratings Very Good For Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 17: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, takes the green flag to start the NASCAR Cup Series The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 17, 2020 in Darlington, South Carolina. NASCAR resumes the season after the nationwide lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

In NASCAR’s first race back after more than a two-month lay-off due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag in front of an empty set of grandstands. However, NASCAR becoming one of the first professional sports back on live television produced really good television ratings.

Sunday’s The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway produced a 3.7 rating, with 6.323-million viewers.

This is up from Phoenix Raceway in March, the final race before the COVID-19 shutdown,   which recorded a 2.7-rating with 4.6-million viewers.

Additionally, Sunday’s race was the most-watched non-Daytona 500 NASCAR event since Atlanta in 2017.

For comparison’s sake, last fall’s Southern 500 at Darlington — a crown jewel event at the same track — only recorded a 1.14-rating with 1.85-million viewers.

This is not a direct comparison, as the Southern 500 was contested on NBCSN (a cable network) as opposed to FOX, and the Southern 500 had a lot of sports competition including college football, MLB and NFL preseason.

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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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