Formula 1’s return to over-the-air TV and a mid-day live audience netted a 0.77 rating and and average of 1.1 million viewers for the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday on ABC. That’s up from a 0.64/969,000 for last year’s race on ABC, possibly bolstered by the firestorm of controversy that followed the decision to penalize race leader Sebastian Vettel during the event.
NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series didn’t get to race on Sunday due to inclement weather at Michigan. Still coverage of the rain delay on FS1 scored a 1.1 rating and averaged 1.8m viewers — almost half that of the 2.2/3.7m that tuned in for last year’s race over-the-air on FOX.
The Xfinity Series ran as scheduled on Saturday and scored a 0.50/743,000. That’s down from the 0.61/904,000 that saw the Xfinity drivers not race last year on FOX, which was another washout.
NBCSN’s live telecast of the NTT IndyCar Series’ Saturday night race at Texas scored a 0.24 rating and averaged 366,000 viewers. That was a slight increase over last year’s 0.21/336,000.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race supporting IndyCar at Texas scored a 0.23/360,000 Friday night on FS1.
NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series scored a 0.43/702,000 for Sunday afternoon’s finals from Topeka, up from a 0.24/374,000 for this event on FS1 last year without an assist from NASCAR (which then was on FOX) and a 0.19/310,000 at Richmond last month on the same network, which also lacked a NASCAR lead-in.