TV ratings: Darlington, Portland, Dutch GP

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TV ratings: Darlington, Portland, Dutch GP


TV ratings: Darlington, Portland, Dutch GP


At last, a full racing weekend uninterrupted by inclement weather.

Darlington’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff opener averaged a 1.37 Nielsen rating and 2.341 million household viewers on USA, per numbers from That was down slightly from last year’s Darlington race on the same weekend and time slot on now-defunct NBCSN, which averaged 1.43/2.458m.

Formula 1 again came closest in audience numbers to NASCAR Cup among motorsports programming. The Dutch Grand Prix averaged 0.62/1.148m viewers on ESPN, up from 0.53/864,000 last year when it aired on ESPN2.  F1 also beat the Cup Series again in the 18-49 age demographic, averaging 524,000 to Cup’s 474K.

Back on NBC, the NTT IndyCar Series round at Portland averaged 0.61 and 979,000 viewers, with 208K in the 18-49 demo. That was a big improvement on last year’s edition, also on NBC (0.43/666K).

NASCAR Xfinity Series action from Darlington on Saturday averaged 0.43/719,000 on USA, also down on last year’s NBCSN numbers (0.52/861K).

MotoGP returned to NBC with same-day coverage from San Marino averaging a 0.28 rating and 433,000 viewers.

The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series U.S. Nationals averaged 0.17/278,000 for Sunday’s Funny Car All-Star callout on FS1, up slightly from last year’s Sunday coverage on the cable network (0.17/265K). Numbers for Monday’s finals on FOX are not yet available.

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