|IndyCar team owners will ask for Miles' head if he can't deliver a new TV deal that will enable them to land good sponsor deals.|
ABC averaged a 1.5 rating and 2.3 million viewers per race for five IndyCar Series races this season, a figure that includes the Indy 500 — down a tick in ratings and 8% in viewership from last year (1.6, 2.5M) and flat and down 2% respectively from 2015 (1.5, 2.4M).
Excluding the Indy 500, ABC’s average viewership (995K) was down a steeper 16% from last year (1.2M) but up 2% from 2015 (972K).
Excluding the Indy 500, which sways the numbers even further northward, ABC's 995K (1.2M in 2016) per race viewers is over 100% more per race than NBCSN delivers. 1 million per race is the average needed for sponsors to jump on board.
ABC is there, NBCSN will never be there. Hence it's quite clear to anyone with half a brain, if IndyCar's next TV contract does not put 100% of the races on network TV, every employee in IndyCar involved with the deal should look for another career. Reason? Complete incompetence.