Weather intruded on another NASCAR weekend but fortunately cleared out in time to give the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire a fair shot. Some viewers evidently were still put off, though.
Sunday’s telecast on NBCSN — which was pushed ahead of its originally scheduled start time under the threat of rain, then pushed back toward it by actual rain — scored a 1.53 rating and averaged 2.5 million viewers. That’s down from a 1.95/3.2m for this event last year, also on NBCSN, a considerably bigger year-on-year drop than last week’s round at Kentucky which went off without delays.
The Xfinity Series race from New Hampshire — unaffected by rain — scored a 0.68/1.0m Saturday on NBCSN, down from a 0.77/1.2m last year.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series was back live on the FOX broadcast network for Sunday’s finals from Denver, and scored a 0.61 rating, averaging 875,000 viewers. That’s up slightly from last year’s 0.55/868,000, also on FOX.
Formula 1‘s return to ESPN2 for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim scored a 0.35 rating and averaged 535,000 viewers, down from the 0.42/630,000 that watched the British GP on ESPN last time out. (The German race was not run in 2017.) However, tune-in support for the event closer to home evidently was substantial: Austrian ex-F1 racer Alex Wurz tweeted this nugget about viewing figures for the race from his country: