Weekend TV Ratings – F1 booms, IndyCar plummets

The final TV ratings for last weekend are shown below.  All racing series saw a nice increase from the prior year, except IndyCar that crashed and burned Рdown 25% on NBCSN.

F1 saw the biggest increase as it continues to dwarf IndyCar in the USA – up a massive 51.5%. It’s becoming obvious now that open wheel fans in the USA much prefer F1 over IndyCar. The fact that they can draw that many viewers in the wee hours every Sunday morning is a testament¬† to its popularity in America.

Network Event Location Total Viewers 18-49 Viewers 2021 TV Rating Prior Year Rating % Chg
NBCSN NASCAR Cup Race L Las Vegas 2,095,000 428,000 1.21 1.15 +5.2%
ESPN2 F1 Russian GP L Sochi 833,000 335,000 0.50 0.33 +51.5%
NBCSN NASCAR Xfinity Race L Las Vegas 830,000 120,000 0.50 0.45 +11.1%
FS1 NASCAR Truck Race L Las Vegas 462,000 89,000 0.28 0.24 +16.7%
NBCSN IndyCar Long Beach Race L Long Beach 368,000 78,000 0.21 *0.28 -25.0%
FS1 NHRA Finals Gateway 253,000 25,000 0.15 0.15 +0.0%

* No race in 2020. Rating is from 2019