Historical Indy 500 TV Rating

Year Final National TV Rating % USA Households Watching League Comment
1979

13.5

24 Share CART CART's 1st Year
1980

13.8

27 Share CART
1981

12.8

24 Share CART
1982

12.3

25 Share CART
1983

14.1

27 Share CART
1984

12.9

25 Share CART
1985

9.7

18 Share CART
1986

8.8

31 Share CART
1987

11.0

36 Share CART 36% of Households – Wow!
1988

??

?? Share CART
1989

7.8

28 Share CART
1990

??

?? Share CART
1991

8.0

27 Share CART
1992

9.8

31 Share CART
1993

9.3

31 Share CART
1994

9.1

31 Share CART
1995

9.4

26 Share CART T. George thinks he is King
1996

6.6

19 Share IRL T. George destruction begins
1997

5.1

14 Share IRL Rating falls below 6.0
1998

6.0

19 Share IRL
1999

5.5

18 Share IRL
2000

5.5

15 Share IRL
2001

5.8

17 Share IRL
2002

4.8

15 Share IRL Rating falls below 5.0
2003

4.6

14 Share IRL
2004

4.7

11 Share IRL
2005

6.5

18 Share IRL
2006

5.0

14 Share IRL
2007

4.3

12 Share IRL
2008

4.5

?? Share IRL
2009

4.0

11 Share IRL
2010

3.6

10 Share 5.793M Viewers IRL Only 10% of Households now
2011

4.0

?? Share 6.711M Viewers IndyCar R. Bernard inherits mess
2012

*4.1

TBA IndyCar T. George legacy continues

*Overnight Rating, final likely to drop
Share = % of households watching the race

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