Last Sunday the NASCAR Daytona 500, the opening race and a special one for the entire season, was held. It was televised on Fox Sports.
Reportedly, the audience was 8.9 million. Which would be like everyone in Chicago tuning in.
However, the number of viewers has been declining for the race over the years:
- 2013: 16.65 million
- 2015: 13.36 million
- 2017: 11.92 million
- 2019: 9.17 million
So since 2013 the Great American Race has lost about half of its viewership.
Some people say that there is a falloff in the viewership of Major League Baseball because the game is so slow.
The average speed at the Daytona 500 was over 140 mph.
Slow is not the issue for televised sports, it seems.