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Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS ITS FINAL FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX THIS WEEKEND; ON PACE FOR ITS MOST-WATCHED SEASON EVER
NBC Sports Group Has Grown Live F1 Viewership by 65%
“We have elevated Formula One to a level of exposure it has never experienced in the United States.” – Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports Group
F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET – Pre-Race Coverage Begins at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN with F1 Countdown
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 21, 2017 – NBC Sports Group concludes its five-year run as Formula One’s exclusive U.S. media rights holder this weekend, while on pace for its most-watched F1 season since acquiring rights prior to the 2013 season. Comprehensive live coverage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix culminates with race coverage on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
Sunday’s pre-race coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN with F1 Countdown, leading into live grand prix coverage, followed by post-race coverage on F1 Extra at 10 a.m. ET.
NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app will combine to present comprehensive live coverage of all practice, qualifying and race coverage this weekend, beginning Friday at 4 a.m. ET on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app with Practice 1.
NBC SPORTS GROUP ON PACE FOR ITS MOST-WATCHED FORMULA ONE SEASON EVER
With one race remaining in the 2017 campaign, NBC Sports Group is on pace to have its most-watched Formula One season since acquiring rights prior to the 2013 season.
- Through 19 races, NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2017 F1 season has produced a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 558,000 average viewers, up 14% vs. last year’s TAD (20 races; 489,000);
- NBC Sports Group has grown live F1 viewership by 65% (TAD of 558,000 average viewers in 2017 vs. 339,000 average viewers on FOX/SPEED in 2012);
- With one race remaining, NBCSN is on pace to deliver the best F1 viewership for a single cable network in more than 20 years. Through 12 races, NBCSN’s coverage has produced a Total Audience Delivery of 445,000 average viewers, and has grown viewership on the network in each consecutive season of coverage;
- With a TAD of 1.154 million viewers, NBC’s F1 coverage in 2017 (4 races) ranks as its second-best ever, and up 20% vs. 2016 (963,000; 3 races).
“We’re incredibly proud that the programming, production, and marketing plans that we instituted five years ago have grown live F1 viewership nearly 70%,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports Group. “We committed to super-serving the dedicated Formula One fan base with comprehensive practice, qualifying, and grand prix coverage each week. We brought the iconic Monaco Grand Prix live to network television for the first time ever, and provided live studio coverage from respected voices in the sport. We surrounded Formula One with extensive promotion across our NBCUniversal platforms, and produced more than 100 hours of shoulder and original programming each year. All of these factors have elevated Formula One to a level of exposure it has never experienced in the United States. The fact that we’re on pace for our most-watched Formula One season ever is another testament to the consistent hard work and dedication of our entire team at NBC Sports over the past five years.”
The 2017 F1 season concludes in Abu Dhabi this weekend – NBC Sports’ 98th F1 grand prix presentation – with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes having already captured the respective Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) have won the last two races in Brazil and Mexico, with Hamilton’s most recent win coming at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Hamilton has performed well in Abu Dhabi, winning two of the last three races (2014 and 2016).
Coverage begins on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Friday at 4 a.m. ET with Practice 1, followed by live coverage of Practice 2 on NBCSN at 8 a.m. ET. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app provide streaming coverage of Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, with live qualifying airing on Saturday at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
Live pre-race coverage on NBCSN begins Sunday at 7 a.m. ET with F1 Countdown, leading into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and F1 Extra to recap the race at 10 a.m. ET. NBCSN will present an encore presentation of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports Group’s lead F1 commentary team of play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey, veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett will call the action. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the on-site reporter from Yas Marina Circuit.
Following is this week’s motorsports coverage schedule:
|Thurs., Nov. 23||Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee (Encore)||7 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Indianapolis (Encore)||11 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Monterey (Encore)||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., Nov. 24||F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 1||4 a.m.||Streaming**|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 2||8 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., Nov. 25||F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 3||5 a.m.||Streaming**|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying||8 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., Nov. 26||F2 – Abu Dhabi*||6 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Countdown||7 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race||7:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra||10 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race (Encore)||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
**NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
NBC SPORTS GROUP STREAMING, DIGITAL AND SOCIAL CONTENT
NBC Sports Group will provide comprehensive streaming and digital coverage surrounding its motorsports properties via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – and NASCAR Talk and MotorSportsTalk, NBC Sports Group’s digital home for the latest motorsports news.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will provide season-long live streaming coverage of all Formula One practices, qualifying sessions and Grands Prix, including exclusive coverage of practices that will not air on NBC or NBCSN. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream NASCAR and IndyCar content that will air on NBC and NBCSN (race coverage and some practice and qualifying), as well as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Red Bull Global RallyCross series, and Red Bull Air Race.
MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on Formula One, the Verizon IndyCar Series, and other open-wheel and off-road racing from around the world. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of IndyCar and F1, including contributions from on-air commentators.
SOCIAL: NBC Sports Group will continue to provide comprehensive motorsports social coverage across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. On Twitter, fans can follow @MotorsportsTalk for all-encompassing content across NBC Sports Group’s motorsports properties. @NASCARonNBC and@NASCARTalkNBC share the latest NASCAR content, @F1onNBCSports provides the latest news in Formula One, and @IndyCaronNBCSN delivers up-to-the-minute information on the Verizon IndyCar Series.
In addition, the NASCAR on NBC Facebook page will provide users with videos, interactive content and much more. Fans should also “like” NBC Sports on Facebook for the most up-to-date news, videos and commentary about NBC Sports Group’s motorsports properties.
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