TV Ratings: Sunday’s Cup Race at Watkins Glen Scores a 1.7 Overnight Rating

WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK – AUGUST 04: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 04, 2019 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Watkins Glen was a 90-lap thrill fest. Possibly one of the best overall races of the season, the race saw it all.

Close battles — Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. battled for the lead basically the entire final Stage — hard feelings — Kyle Busch vs William Byron/Kyle Busch vs Bubba Wallace/Jimmie Johnson vs Ryan Blaney.

It was a raw, real, passion-filled race.

The overnight ratings are in, and Sunday’s race scored a 1.7 Nielsen rating. That is down significantly from what this race scored a season ago (2.3), but it isn’t a direct comparison as last year’s edition was contested on NBC, not NBCSN.

The last Watkins Glen race on NBCSN happened in 2017 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final season) and it scored a 1.9 rating.