Indy win worth $2.66m to Pagenaud; TV ratings up

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Indy win worth $2.66m to Pagenaud; TV ratings up


Indy win worth $2.66m to Pagenaud; TV ratings up


Simon Pagenaud earned $2,669,529 from an overall purse of $13,090,536 for his victory Sunday, May 26 in the 103rd Indianapolis 500, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced.

Runner-up Alexander Rossi earned $759,179 for losing out to Pagenaud by just 0.2086s. Takuma Sato earned $540,454 for finishing third.

Pagenaud’s teammates Josef Newgarden and Will Power, meanwhile, earned $462,904 and $444,554 respectively for their fourth- and fifth-place finishes.

Santino Ferrucci earned $435,404 for his seventh-place finish, including $50,000 for being named Rookie of the Year. Ferrucci, who led one lap, was the highest-finishing rookie among the six drivers making their first Indianapolis 500 starts this year.

Click here for the full final results and prize payout.

Meanwhile, NBC Sports revealed that its first telecast of the race delivered an 11% viewership increase vs. 2018, its best household rating in three years, according to overnight ratings data (final ratings, which are delayed due to the Memorial Day holiday, are expected to be announced on Wednesday). It also was NBC Sports’ most-streamed IndyCar race ever, according to Fast National data from Nielsen and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

The telecast averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 5.446 million viewers yesterday afternoon across NBC, and the NBC Sports app (12:43-4:03 p.m. ET), up 11% vs. the 2018 race (TV-only 4.913 million, ABC). Viewership peaked in the final quarter-hour (3:45-4 p.m. ET) when 6.7m viewers watched the duel to the finish between Pagenaud and Rossi. NBC’s TV-only viewership averaged 5.414 million viewers and delivered a 3.43 household overnight rating, which is the best for an Indy 500 in three years (3.88 in 2016).

Digitally, the 103rd Indianapolis 500 was NBC Sports’ most-streamed IndyCar race to date, with 161,000 uniques, 8.4 million live minutes, and an Average Minute Audience (AMA) of 31,700 viewers.