via press release:
INDYCAR AVERAGES OVER 500,000 VIEWERS FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE RACES FOR FIRST TIME ON NBCSN
NBCSN’s Saturday night Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 telecast averaged 541,000 viewers, marking the first time since NBC Sports Group acquired IndyCar cable exclusivity in 2008 that three consecutive IndyCar races on the cable network eclipsed 500,000 viewers. Saturday’s primetime telecast produced a 0.29 HH rating, while viewership was up 29% vs. last year’s race at Iowa (444,000), and surpassed NBCSN’s most recent IndyCar presentations from Milwaukee on July 12 (532,000 viewers) and Fontana on June 27 (512,000 viewers) as the network’s most-watched IndyCar race in four years (Sept. 4, 2011, 591,000, Baltimore). Click here for more ratings information.
|Date||IndyCar Race||2015 Viewers||2014 Viewers||% Increase from 2014|
|Sat., June 27||MAVTV 500 from Fontana||512,000||280,000||83%|
|Sun., July 12||ABC Supply Wisconsin 250||532,000||320,000||66%|
|Sat., July 19||Iowa Corn Indy 300||541,000||444,000||29%|
Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) won Saturday’s race for his first victory of the season. Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) took second place, and now stands in second place in the IndyCar standings, followed by 18-year-old rookie Sage Karam (Chip Ganassi Racing), as American drivers swept an IndyCar podium for the first time since the 2006 Indianapolis 500.