TV News: Weekend TV Ratings – IndyCar tanks

Highlights from the below rating’s analysis from this past weekend:

  • The NASCAR Cup race at Gateway and the Xfinity race at Portland on FS1 were first year events, so there are no previous rating to compare them to. The all important ration of (18-49 viewers)/total viewers was 21% and 24% respectively – both horrible and confirming their aging fan base. The Xfinity viewers were up 14% from the Mid-Ohio Xfinity race that ran on the same weekend last year (725,000)
  • The NASCAR Truck race from Gateway on FS1 was up 114% over last year’s pathetic rating of 0.21 because this year some big name Cup drivers were in the race. There were 663,000 viewers, up 75% from last year’s Gateway race and up 84% from 2019.
  • The NHRA New England Nationals finals were down 10.87% largely because the race moved from FOX last year to FS1 this year. The all important ration of (18-49 viewers)/total viewers was 22% a- horrible and confirming their aging fan base
  • The IndyCar race from Detroit on the USA Network saw a 79% drop from last year, partially because the race moved from NBC to USA Network. The all important ration of (18-49 viewers)/total viewers was 27% a- horrible and confirming their aging fan base. Only 94,000 18-49 year olds tuned in.
  • By comparison, F1 TV ratings are averaging over 40% of the viewers in the 18-49 age bracket. This explains why the number of American companies enjoying involvement in Formula 1 through sponsorship and partnership agreements has more than doubled since Liberty Media‚Äôs takeover.

Weekend TV Ratings

Network Event Location Total Viewers 18-49 Viewers Ratio: 18-49 Yr Old
/Total Viewers
2022 TV Rating 2021 TV Rating %Chg
FS1 NASCAR Cup Race L Gateway 2,502,000 516,000 21% 1.47 New Event
FS1 NASCAR Xfinity Race L Portland 824,000 194,000 24% 0.56 New Event
FS1 NHRA Finals Epping, NH 697,000 150,000 22% 0.41 **0.46 -10.87%
FS1 NASCAR Truck Race L Gateway 663,000 137,000 21% 0.45 0.21 114.29%
USA Net IndyCar Race L Detroit 354,000 94,000 27% 0.23 *1.11 -79.28%

*NBC in 2021
**FOX in 2021