The good news for racing on TV last weekend went beyond the record numbers NBC scored for IndyCar.
Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series round from Sonoma scored a 1.51 rating and averaged 2.5m viewers on FS1 in the final Cup race of the year on the Fox networks. That’s up from a 1.44/2.3m for last year’s Sonoma road race on FS1.
As reported on Tuesday, NBC’s telecast of the NTT IndyCar Series‘ Road America GP scored a 0.77/1.1m, which was a record for an NBC Sports IndyCar audience outside of the Indy 500. It was up from the 0.71/1.09m that watched the Sunday race from Detroit on NBC, and represented a huge increase over the 0.22/322,000 for last year’s Road America on NBCSN.
Formula 1‘s French Grand Prix on ESPN scored a 0.34/483,000, flat with last year’s telecast on ESPN2 (0.34/532,000) and down from the lofty 0.4/659,000 that watched the first F1 race of the year on ESPN’s flagship.
Feasting on a NASCAR lead-in for the final time this year, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series averaged a 0.48/742,000 for its finals from Norwalk on FS1. That’s basically unchanged from last year’s 0.46/712,000 on FS1.
NASCAR’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series went solo at Gateway last weekend, and got a 0.28/449,000 for Saturday night’s race on FS1 that didn’t start until 10 p.m. ET. That’s down from the 0.37/571,000 that saw last year’s race on FS1, which started 90 minutes earlier.