Simon Paegnaud's sensational defeat of Scott Dixon kept viewers glued to their seat
UPDATECORRECTION: Our spreadsheet of historical ratings had an error. It indeed was a 0.55 final rating last year. Our spreadsheet had 0.8, but that was last year’s overnight. We reported last May: The Verizon IndyCar Series IndyCar Grand Prix at IMS Saturday on ABC pulled in a 0.8 TV rating (1.14 million viewers) between 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM ET, up 14% from last year's overnight TV rating of 0.7. The final rating dropped to 0.55 but we did not update our spreadsheet.
Therefore, this year's 'final' rating was actually up 29% over 2018, which is great news.
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