FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO IS NBC SPORTS GROUP’S MOST-WATCHED INDYCAR RACE EVER
Sunday’s Simulcast on CNBC and NBCSN Combined to Deliver 929,000 Viewers
Viewership of Sunday’s Race Peaked at More Than 1.3 Million Viewers
NBC Sports Group On Pace for Its Most-Watched IndyCar Season Ever, Currently Up 28% vs. 2015
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 3, 2015 – The simulcast of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this past Sunday on NBCSN and CNBC delivered 929,000 viewers to rank as NBC Sports Group’s most-watched IndyCar race ever, since acquiring rights prior to the 2009 season.
Sunday’s race (2:40-4:46 p.m. ET) was the most-watched IndyCar race on cable since 2008 (ESPN, Richmond, 947,000). Viewership peaked in the 3-3:15 p.m. ET quarter hour with more than 1.3 million viewers (1.326 million). Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud took the checkered flag at Mid-Ohio on Sunday to increase his lead in the championship standings with his fourth win of the season.
Mid-Ohio was originally scheduled to air on CNBC, but when Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono was delayed due to weather, the race was also simulcast on NBCSN.
NBC Sports Group is on pace for its most-watched IndyCar season ever. Through seven races, the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series has averaged 505,000 viewers, up 28% vs. 2015 (394,000). Dating back to last season, nine of the last 13 races on NBCSN have averaged more than 500,000 viewers, more than the prior six seasons combined (five races).
Following are NBC Sports Group’s five most-watched IndyCar races:
|July 31, 2016||Mid-Ohio||929,000||NBCSN/CNBC|
|August 30, 2015||Sonoma||841,000||NBCSN|
|August 2, 2015||Mid-Ohio||666,000||NBCSN|
|July 24, 2011||Edmonton||642,000||CNBC|
|August 23, 2015||Pocono||635,000||NBCSN|
NBC Sports Group will continue its exclusive cable coverage of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series on Sunday, August 21, with live coverage of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
– NBC SPORTS GROUP –