"This may be shaping up as the most exciting and closest fought finish to the Tour de France since 1989, but it seems TV audiences have not been convinced, with viewing figures reported to be well down in France, Germany and the USA. While the absence of seven-time champion Lance Armstrong is likely to have much to do the ratings drop in the US, it seems certain the impact of the Operacion Puerto scandal that saw Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso ejected from the race has proved extremely damaging.
The New York Times reports that viewing figures are down by 52 per cent in the US, while the audience in Germany has plunged by 43 per cent. The improving fortunes of French riders seems to have had no impact on local viewing figures, which are down 23 per cent."
Seems like folks might have their wish of no more Trautwig and Roll.
I, for one, am going to send an email to OLN letting them know how much I appreciated the coverage: firstname.lastname@example.org