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Overnight Ratings: NASCAR Sprint Cup At Darlington Lower With New Race Date

04 / 14 / 14

Fox led all non-Masters sports telecasts over the weekend with a 3.2 overnight rating for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway on Saturday night. The event, which was held on Mothers’ Day weekend from ’05-13, drew a 3.5 overnight last yea...

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Overnight Nielsen Ratings

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04/08/13
Overnight Nielsen Ratings

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04/03/13
Several RSNs Have Record MLB Opening Day

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Tags: Media, Comcast Corp., ESPN, Fox, MLB

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Overnight Nielsen Ratings

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03/22/13
Final Nielsen Ratings

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ESPN Has Best College Basketball Audience

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