TV News: Weekend TV Ratings, F1 up 50% (Update)

Here are the numbers just for the Canadian GP itself, and not including the Pre-Race. The race averaged 1.7 million viewers, up 50.6% from 1.129 million viewers in 2019, the last time the race ran.

Viewership peaked at 2.0 million viewers 3:15-3:30pm ET.

The race-only portion is the largest viewership on record for Canadian GP – previous high was 1.5 million for Fox in 2007.

Network Event Location Total Viewers Previous Viewers %Chg
ABC F1 Canadian GP Live Montreal 1,700,000 1,129,000 +50.5%

June 21, 2022 

TV Rating Analysis:

  • The F1 Canadian GP on ABC garnered a 0.78 TV rating and 1.380 million viewers, up 22.2% from 1.129 million viewers in 2019, the last time the race ran.  The 0.78 rating included the pre-race show.  We are waiting for the numbers just for the race, which will have a higher rating. We will post an update.
  • Once again, the F1 race far outpaced all other racing series when it comes to capturing the all-important 18-49 year old viewer.  All other forms of motorsports are unable to attract fans in the age group in any large numbers
  • The SRX race won by Helio Castroneves in Pensacola, FL garnered a 0.58 TV rating, down 19.44% from last year when the race ran at Knoxville on this weekend.
  • The NHRA Thunder Valley National Finals on FOX garnered a 0.54 rating, up 350% but that is because last year the race was broadcast on cable (FS1)
  • The NASCAR Truck race from Knoxville garnered a 0.39 TV rating on FS1, up 8.3% from 2021.

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
ABC F1 Canadian GP L Montreal See above 700,000 42% 0.96 *0.77 22.2%
CBS SRX Race L Pensacola, FL 951,000 181,000 19% 0.58 **0.72 -19.44%
FOX NHRA Finals L Bristol 897,000 168,000 19% 0.54 ***0.12 350.00%
FS1 NASCAR Truck Race L Knoxville 625,000 135,000 22% 0.39 0.36 8.33%

*2019 ABC Rating. Race did not run in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid
**SRX ran at Knoxville last year on this weekend
***2021 race on FS1 vs. FOX this year