Homestead TV Home Run

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NBC's coverage of Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup Ford 400 from Homestead-Miami Speedway, delivered a 5.6 overnight rating/11 share the best overnight rating in the event's six year history, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Kurt Busch held-off Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon to win NASCAR's hotly contested inaugural "Chase for the Nextel Cup."

The 5.6/11 (1-5:30pm/et) for the Ford 400 was a 47% gain over the 3.8/8 (1-5:15pm/et) last year when Matt Kenseth clinched the championship at the Ford 400. The 5.6 overnight rating was also a 24% improvement over the previous best overnight rating for the event, a 4.5/9 when Tony's Stewart clinched the 2002 championship. Since broadcasting the NASCAR Nextel Cup season finale from Homestead-Miami Speedway, NBC has increased the overnight rating 87% from a 3.0/7 in 1999.

The 5.6 overnight rating for the Ford 400 also marks the best performance ever against Sunday afternoon football competition. The previous high was a 4.7 overnight rating/9 for the 2003 EA Sports 500 from Talladega.

"We are thrilled with the continued success of NASCAR on NBC and TNT," said Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports. "When the top 4 drivers were separated by just nine points with 72 laps to go it proved positively the wisdom of the "Chase." In that moment the sport's burgeoning popularity coupled with the innovative season ending "Chase" and ISC's investment to create a track worthy of hosting a true championship event, all combined to create exceptional drama."

The rating peaked at a 7.1/13 from 5-5:30pm/et as Greg Biffle took the checkered flag to win the race and his teammate Kurt Busch clinched the NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship.

NBC's "Discover Card Countdown to Green" pre-race show (noon-1pm/et) earned a 2.8/7 up 22% from a 2.3/5 in 2003. The 2.8/7 also out performed CBS's "NFL Today" by four% as the hour-long NFL pre-game show earned a 2.7/7 (noon-1pm/et).

National ratings will be not be available until next Monday as a result of the Thanksgiving holiday

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