ABC averaged a 1.6 rating and 2.4 million viewers for five IndyCar Series races this season, up 14% in ratings and viewership from last year (1.4, 2.1M). Excluding the Indy 500, the network averaged a 0.8 and 1.1 million — flat in ratings and up 3% in viewership (1.14M to 1.10M). Neither average includes ABC’s two-day coverage of Indy 500 qualifying.
The increase was primarily due to the Indy 500, which rebounded from last year’s record-low audience to attract 6.2 million viewers.
The final ABC telecasts of the season attracted solid numbers relative to last year. Race 1 of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix drew a 0.9 final rating and 1.4 million viewers on Saturday, up 50% in ratings and 59% in viewership from last year (0.6, 882K). Race 2 on Sunday drew a 0.7 and 1.0 million, flat in both measures.
IndyCar Ratings/Viewership on ABC ThisSeason
|Sun., 3/30||St. Pete||0.6||866K|
|Sat., 5/10||Indy (Grand Prix)||0.9||1.3M|
|Sat., 5/17||Indy (Quals)||0.7||1.1M|
|Sun., 5/18||Indy (Quals)||1.0||1.5M|
|Sun., 5/25||Indy 500||3.9||6.2M|
|Sat., 5/31||Detroit (Race 1)||0.9||1.4M|
|Sun., 6/1||Detroit (Race 2)||0.7||1.0M|
(Detroit numbers + season avg. from ESPN)