IRL TV ratings down in Kentucky

August 7, 2009
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IRLTVThe Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway earned a .14 national television rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. The rating means 165,000 TV households nationwide watched the race which aired on Versus cable channel starting at 8 p.m. (Saturday) Aug. 1. The TV rating for the race in the Indianapolis market was 1.14, equating to 13,000 TV households.

The national ratings were down from the July 26 Indy Racing League race in Edmonton, which earned a .24 rating (279,000 TV households), according to Nielsen. Indianapolis market viewership of the Kentucky race was up a bit compared to the Edmonton race. The Indianapolis rating for the Edmonton race was .73 (8,000 TV households).

At Kentucky, Ryan Briscoe edged past Ed Carpenter for one of the closest finishes all year. The finish came after several laps of side-by-side racing.

The IRL's next race is Sunday at Mid-Ohio, a road course. The green flag on the Versus broadcast drops at 1 p.m.

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  • :D bwaaaaaahaaaaaa.

    what you say now Talkin Terry? :D There goes that elusive Title sponsor BS.....

    the IRL: backwards is momentum? :lol:
  • BEst race I ever saw for a couple a years. YOU watch, now that the word is out that the old IRl is back, they willl be flocking in. YOu watch. please.
  • BWA HA HA HA!!!
    It obviously wasn't 'good' like the 'league' shills have been proclaiming. Yet I'm conflicted. I want the 'league' to fold, cease, go away, die. Yet conversely, I want to continue the taunting and ridicule of anyone stupid enough to think this abomination is actually something that resembles racing.

    Nah, just kidding. Die, earl, die die die!!! :lol:
  • There was momentum in key demographic values where marketplace instrumentalities saw an upsurge in target specific core audience packages, and frankly we couldn't be happier with those partnerships and value-specific realtionships we are cultivating.

    - Terry Angstadt, August 7, 2009.
  • I went to Indy once, and I heard Tom Carnegie say And, it's a new track .. record!, except it was during F1 qualifying. When I read today's IRL ratings #s article, Tom's voice popped into my head and said And it's a new.. low record!

    Yes, Kentucky was a new low for Versus, beating even the patheticness that was Kansas (171,000 hh, 0.15), and it dropped the season 'race' average, by my count, to 0.27.

    Angstadt says a title sponsor is cumming. Perhaps it's because as this point, the IRL has close to zero value, and the IRL should just be thankful that any company is willing to publicly associate themselves with their series, so will give away title sponsorship for free.
  • The good news for the IRL is that Versus won't insist on enforcing its contract.
  • The good news for race fans is the IRL won't insist on enforcing a 2011 season.
  • This is what the stupid idiots who actually followed FTG and his vision deserve.
    I'll bet Berwickgirl and indyboi will try to spin this as good.
    Stupid gomos.
  • I’ll bet Berwickgirl and indyboi will try to spin this as good.
    Stupid gomos.

    Key metrics up. All CART's/CCWS fault. Reversus production much better. Wait till next year. Weather was bad. Red's were playing.
  • Another factor on why people were just not watching: Jacques Lazier's big comeback has lost its bling. And the league has failed to promote that comeback properly. Where are you Gene Simmons?
  • Jack Lazer was riding them crapwagons? :lol: What fun we missed! :)
  • in quallies jack was .7838 behind the leader on a 24 second lap time and he was 7mph slower on a 219.45 mph track
  • and he finished 157 laps behind the leader
  • Metcalfe and Brett

    You guys seem to be pretty accomplished at calling names. It's a shame you never learned common respect in your apparently sad lives. Or does it mean that no one is entitled to an opinion if it is not in agreement with yours? If that is the case, then you two sound a lot like our current pres.
  • When the irL GOes away, will anyone notice?
  • When the IRL goes away, after the 2011 Indy 500, lots of people will notice because it will get a fair amount of media coverage. Few will care. Only the Gomertons and people actually drawing a paycheck from the sport will care.

    None of this matters in the long run. The IRL is pretty much dead. They will stumble through a 2010 season that will make this one look like a zenith year, then stagger into May 2011, then the plug will be pulled.
  • Has that Danica effect kicked in yet?
  • You mean Danicles to NASCARZ? :lol:

    along with her sponsors....

    The IRL: After Danicles, lights out
  • Lost in space what a fitting name.
    I'm guessing you are a 40-50ish bible beater right wing nut who gets his or her feelings hurt a lot.
    What is your Crack Forum name?
  • Wow. The comments here are unbelievable! Is this how the IBJ wants to represent itself to the world? Sad.
  • Steven it is sad what TG has done to open wheel racing.
    The IBJ should be talking about it every day!
    I'm guessing you are one of the enablers like Indyboi and Berwickgirl!
  • Metcalfe:

    You are showing your true colors. One would assume that for showing common respect, the assumptor must be 40-50 and/or a bible beater as you call it. So then the assumptor concludes that anyone under 40 and cares not about faith and values also has no knowledge or training in showing common respect. Wow, guess that shows where our once great country is heading if you are a representative of how youth is these days. Or, perhaps you are just a mouth will very little upstairs?

    We'll let the readers decide.
    Lost in space's wittle feewings are hurt again.
    You chose to follow TG and now you are giving me a hard time because of it.
    Are you Scott Gates or Mike Condre?
  • Metcalfe:

    Not only are you deficient at treating people with common courtesy, but you also are clueless at interpreting what others say. I said nothing about the IRL, Tony George or anything associated with racing in general. I merely commented on the type of person that only knows how to belittle and slander.

    You establishing the point that other readers have already determined for themselves - you are merely a mouthpiece with little or nothing to back it up.

    Here's hoping you can find something in this world to focus on that is positive. If not, enjoy the rest of your life as the bug on Tony George's windshield.
  • Oh, we're more than bugs on Tony's windshield. We're constant reminders of how one ... from Terre Haute screwed up the IMS, his inheretance, the sport of open wheel racing, and jobs for about 2000 people.

    Open Wheel and IMS have done nothing but get run in the ground at the hands of Anton.

    Never forget. NEVER.
  • Or does it mean that no one is entitled to an opinion if it is not in agreement with yours? If that is the case, then you two sound a lot like our current president.

    Danger Will Robinson, danger!!!!!!
  • NEver forget how CARt was gone to take over the month of MAy. ANd how they wanted to bring there own fried cchicken in and not hire AMErican drivers and how they was dropping ohval races and how it was too damed egspensive for the littel teams. IF TOny dint start the IRl just amagione where wweed be now. BOggels the mined.

    NEver forget
  • As Connie Francis once sang so eloquently Who's Crying Now?
  • Brett,

    Too much TV Land for you. You're headed for Deep Space Nine.
  • 0.14!!!!!!! What a JOKE!!!!

    Looks like the Centienal Indy 500 in 2011 will have to be a NASCAR Truck Race.
  • Obviously the people writing the comments know little about deciphering ratings on a cable channel. But then again these are the same CCnistas that think a million-dollar-per-race-tape-delayed time buy on NBC was a sound marketing strategy. How'd that work out? How's that Denver street race looking this year?
  • Dale, how do you decipher a ZERO point One Four???

    I think you are confusing the term deciphering with making pathetic excuses for failure.
  • DaHooey,

    Perhaps you can explain to the readers how a ... becomes retarded? Apparently, you are another of the posters here that are first to defame with vile attributes. Is there any more hope for you than there is for Tony George? Would you like paper or plastic?

    Oh, DaHooey, tell your friend, Metcalfe, that if his head had been in Kanaan's helmet when he crashed at Indy, it would likely have exploded. You know why.
  • George Anthony - Anthony George

    Sound the same to me. If confused, just look in the mirror.
  • Lost in Space: You are.

    the IRL: how LOW can they go!? :lol:
  • Da Hooey:

    I am nothing more than a figment of your imaginary friend. Here's hoping that you don't grow to hate each other as much as you hate someone that you have no control over. Not very quick to get over that are you? Just like you don't care to answer questions asked of you. No surprise there friends.

    Apparently, the only place in the world that you can have any imaginary affect is on these posts. Makes you feel like having your name in lights, doesn't it? You get to feel more power with each reply. It's always all about you, don' you agree. You and TG are more alike than you care to admit. But, hey, that's life. Enjoy yours.
  • Hello everyone. I would rather not spend my day moderating and editing comments and I hate the idea of censoring anyone, so please keep the language, etc. to a reasonable level. Think PG13. Thanks for reading.
  • I predict Mid-Ohio will get double the Kentucky rating, simply because it was on a traditional race viewing Sunday afternoon. But even if it exceeds expectations and unlikely pulls let's say a whopping 1.0, it speaks volumes about the status of the IRL. A 1.0 rating would be hailed as a victory and Angstadt would trot out some of his Introduction to Business 101 hyperbole and talk about that coveted uptick in key demographics and market relationships BS when in all reality, the series is truly in the early stages of its demise. It will linger through 2010 and into 2011, but after the debacle to come next season, with even lower ratings and interest, making it into 2011 will be a OWRS-like endeavor and a feat similar to that series death throes.

    They can talk all they want about the Mid-Ohio race and its camping crowd, and Dixon's stunning runaway victory, and the color and excitement of natural terrain road racing, and all that BS. But the fatc of the matter is, Indy Car racing does not even warrant a small blip on the radar screen of sports anymore. It is entirely a minor league affair.
  • dale, you should be asking reVersus how that 3-5 million dollars per race is working out and looking this year

    Hey reVersus how did that plan to use the stretch of races on ESPN/ABC to increase your viewership and advertising numbers work out?
  • Apparently Da Hooey and Metcalfe can't handle a notable filling to their needed prescription, in their terms also known as a smackdown. In their ways, things are always reduced to the lowest common denominator. In all cases, that is them. They are the eggplant, they are the Walrus.

    Readers, you have to know why someone would willingly call themselves DA HOOEY. He is full of himself. And that leaves very little cranial space for fully understanding that which is around him, be it people, places or things.
  • why don't you indycart, street race fans stick to the topic? does the IRL not have any redeeming value that you can call upon instead of hating on other posters?
  • They still race Indy cars?
  • How’s that Denver street race looking this year?

    I can't remember, is the Denver street race the weekend after the irl* race at Disney or is it the weekend before the irl* race at Michigan?
  • There certainly are a bunch of whiney little girlymen in this response area. How about all of you sack 'em up and act like you have a pair and do something about it like a man. Brett, Count, Hooey, George, BIFan, Alan, and Stan, quit crying about the past and do something constructive. Heck, I've been reading your pathetic little statements for months and I still have no idea what any of you actually want. Maybe I am simply unable to understand what you guys want since I am a full grown man who actually goes out and works toward getting what he wants instead of crying on the internet about what I don't have.

    Even when you're right, how you handle it can be wrong. These guys apparently never got that far in school. Poor girlymen!
  • FD, so you are an IRL insider who can take what someone on this blog expresses as desiring and turn it in to an ontrack product? Wow, color me impressed.
  • Doesn't irl* shill Dave Argabright live in Fishers? Hmmmmm????
  • I'm afraid Anthony missed the big story within this article, that being Tony George has amassed .01 viewer rating point for each year he has been in business. That is 14 consecutive years of growth. I don't think this should be over looked.
  • funny stuff.

    the IRL: only sport around where .14 is a winner. :lol:
  • don't forget cart/c^rt/Motorck!/owrs/ccws presented by bridgestone powered by ford!
  • Girlymen! Ha, ha, ha. And with that I award this threads BINGO! award to Fishers Dave.
  • AS, instead of moderating this forum have the IBJ tech guys block the IP range of these typical haters (at least they'll have to be creative to get thru in the future if it's worth all that trouble to them -- and it's statistically negligible those ranges will exclude others). Their 'feedback' is NEVER constructive but always irrelevant and senseless. I suppose it's good they are passionate but to borrow that classic phrase from Sir Rodney about what I have no idea.

    As for the IRL's TV ratings I don't pay the upcharge for comcast's sports package so that pretty much seals the deal for me -- wouldn't surprise me if a certain corporation worked out a deal to get VS on basic cable packages (maybe an article in the future from you?). When kids' activities and honey-do's don't have me going in other directions I do try to catch the race when broadcast on ABC but turn off the I wish Jenkins (and bring back Bobby Unser!) was on the mic. I also watch NASCAR, F1 and many others as time allows.
  • Yes, AS, have the tech guys block the IP's of the haters. Just have this forum restricted to the fan-boy cheerleaders.
  • George Anthony - Anthony George: One and the same, just midguided in his alter ego more than normal.
  • -the fan boys have nothing good to say about tony's abortion, they just attack the messenger of the good news of the leegs demise
  • 1) Get a weekly race day and stick to it!
    2) Who plops down on the couch and thinks, hmmm...what's on Versus right now?
    3) Who are these people who make fun of each other on posts all day? Shouldn't they be out a rainbow rally or an Obama health care conference?
  • Fact is fact. The IRL is sinking fast and will be no more. Why block the truth? You are seriously looking at the third to last IRL season in 2009. And the 2011 season will be a mini one at that. Now something new may emerge. But the IRL is the new Champ Car. That is just the way it is.

    Fix it? Sure. I'll take a stab at that. American drivers mostly. On oval tracks. Indy Cars with 800 horsepower and flat bottoms. 10 race season tops. A tight rule book that supports run what ya' brung as long as it stays within set safety parameters. You can't play if what you brung costs over $200 grand. Don't tell Offy to go stick it, like the IRL did. And accept that now and again bad crap happens. Motors blow, cars crash, drivers can get hurt or worse, a foreigner may come in once in awhile and school the Americans, girls won't win races, and hardly anybody will watch anythign but the Indy 500. The driver's comments have to get beeped out now and then when a race is on TV instead of the usual The Venom boys really worked hard today. And some races will have 20,000 fans, some will have 90,000 fans.

    Steets are for passenger cars to use to get to oval tracks. Road course are for Piltoi-wearing pansies who pee pee their panties. Indy Cars are for balls-out bad asses from Bakersfield to Bulgaria. Show up, sign up, shut up, speed up. Otherwise, go spray champagne on the puzzy podium in front of the paddock.
  • Oh boy, here's a source of knowledge, the admitted imposter and liar, the Count of Nothingness, once again posing as if he/she knows something. Count - you are only good at imposing, telling lies, and running your mouth. Just shut up!
  • once again, fanboy with nothing substantive to offer
  • Tony G has made many, many poor decisions. At the same time, he has made some good decisions. Nevertheless, he is now on the outside looking in. Perhaps something good can come of what's left. I know many posters here think that is a pipe dream and that what TG has left behind should continue to crash and burn. I understand that and why, however, I am one that holds out hope that someone or someones wiser than the supposed know-it-alls here will find a way to make lemonade out of this lemon.
  • Lost N Disgraced, I'll post what I well please. I'll opine when I wish.Your seat, sir. It has your name on it. Thank you, now.
  • whoever is going to make that lemonade will have to do it on his own millions, the Hulman Family money spout has been turned off
  • Getting word here in the castle the TV ratings for Mid-Ohio are being called dismal by execs.
  • How magnificent that the illustrious NO-COUNT took time out from his CASTLE of DELUSION to inform us of something he read somewhere else. My, how enlightening.

    Thank you COUNT DUMB A**
  • In Anthony's latest interview with IRL chief, Belkus admits the IRl sucks
  • Lost and Disgraced,

    I didn't read it somewhere else. Nice try. I just got off the phone with my mistress' ex, an IRL exec, and he said the Versus number for Mid-O was just above Zero. So take that Ho.
  • everyone knows the IRL sucks, duh.
  • reVersus didn't, but they could have paid me a million to tell them and they would have saved 10s of millions
  • I lol at how Lost in Space went from:

    You guys seem to be pretty accomplished at calling names. It’s a shame you never learned common respect in your apparently sad lives


    Thank you COUNT DUMB A**
  • L in S is a gem, isn't he.
  • Anthony George and Jim:

    You're right, I shoudn't have said that. Nonetheless, that is what usually happens to our dealings with others when they turn out to be self-admitted frauds and liars. That is where the Count stacks up by his own admittance. Repeated posings as insightful and knowledgeable led me to anger. For that, I apologize.
  • frauds and liars

    For that, I apologize

    Now you're calling names and saying that you shouldn't call names all in one post.

    You're credibility is non-existent. There's an old saying L in S: when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
  • GA

    Perhaps you didn't quite understand. The Count admitted to being a fraud and liar by his own post. If you don't recall, this is someone that posed as a team owner and therefore knew firsthand, so he/she said, what was going on (hence fraudulent representation and dishonest statement). Those were his/her own admissions. Therefore those aren't names, those are self appointed descriptors. He put himself/herself in that hole.

    That, sir, has no effect on my credibility.
  • The IRL will soon be a feeder series for the Green Prix USA.

    visit and sign up for their email list to learn more.
  • You've gotta be kidding, Mr. Better Racing, there is no way those Greenie Prixers are gonna go anywhere. Not in this day and age.

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