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Daytona 500 Posts Record Rating

February 19, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Fox’s coverage of Sunday’s Daytona 500 race earned an 8.4 rating and 19 share, the highest overnight rating for the NASCAR race since 1986.

The rating was an increase of 11 percent over last year’s 7.6 and 18 share when the race was shown on CBS. The previous high ratings for the event were 7.9 in 1992, 1994 and 1999.

The race was marred by the last-lap crash of driver Dale Earnhardt, although his death was not announced until well after the network’s coverage had ended.

Meanwhile, NBC’s overnight ratings for the XFL continued to dip. Saturday night’s prime-time game between Los Angeles and Las Vegas posted a 3.8 rating and 7 share, down 25 percent from the previous week’s 5.1 and 9 share.

Since the new league’s 10.3 rating and 17 share for its first week, XFL ratings have dropped 63 percent.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. One rating point represents about 1.01 million households. The share is the percentage of homes with TVs in use.

Overnight ratings cover about 63 percent of the nation’s population.

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