IRL TV ratings: Glass half full?

July 9, 2009
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IRLTVThe national TV rating for Watkins Glen was up compared to other Indy Racing League races this year on ABC (not including Indianapolis). But the local audience was down.

The Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, which aired starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, registered a .87 Nielsen rating nationally, meaning just more than 1 million TV households tuned in.

The national rating fared favorably compared to IRL races at Milwaukee (May 31), which was .6, and Iowa (June 21), which was .8.

In the Indianapolis market, the Nielsen rating for the Watkins Glen race was 2.74, meaning 31,000 TV households watched. Milwaukee scored a 4.1 locally and Iowa notched a 3.6.

This week’s IRL race in the streets of Toronto airs Sunday at 1 p.m. It's the last of five races this year to air on ABC. The last seven races air on Versus cable channel.

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  • Perhaps the racing world was looking to see who was going to run IRL/IMS after Tony got dumped. coulda drawn interest...
  • That all-oval vizhun shore'n is a-workin' grate! :lol:

    These minuscule differences in the dismal, pathetic ratings are statistically insignificant for a product attempting to portray itself as a national (and now international, how y'all like that, gomers? Ha!) top-level sport.

    The crushing reality that it is not now, has never been, and likely never will be accepted, popular, or profitable. His effness TG has wrought nothing but failure. The new CEO guy is obviously nothing but a bootlicker, anyone with any business sense at all who got elevated to that position would take one look around at the abject mess that has never turned a profit in its long, miserable existence, and cease all operations immediately and permanently.

    As long as they keep this farce going, the taunting, scorn, derision and hate will continue!! Deservedly so! :woot:
  • My boy needs ta start drinkin and learn how to shoot a gun. Lots of target practice is real, real important.
  • And you guys the I'M a hater!?

  • Closer to that coveted 1.0. Toronto-Mania may do the trick.

    Angstadt or Azzwipe or whatever his name is will really turn in a Baghdad Bob then. I am thinking he will go to the This matrix proves the cost-analysis benefit ratio squared to the market ramp-ups in key demographic markets shows upswing card or whatever mumbo-jumbo the dufus-bonehead can come up with in his Introduction to Business course books he kept from his Jun-YEER college daze.

    Go IRL!
  • Yay, finally Anthony - numbers that jive! (a hh figure of 1,001,500 is the high end of a 0.87, but a 0.87 nonetheless -- might still want to re-check & revise your Milwaukee & Iowa calculations).

    But what you forgot to mention in this week's ratings article was that the last 2 years that the IRL ran at Watkins Glen, it scored a 1.0 rating.

    Oh dear... trends...
  • Champ Car had lower ratings and now dead.
    IRL has higher ratings and still running. Any questions? :PPP
  • I would not brag too much spedway. Remember who was in CC and where they are now.
    I am guessing you ain't too bright!
    You do understand the earl's ratings are NOT getting better but WORSE!
  • Metcalfe

    Oh, boy, here we go again, listening to your crap. You should be kicked off this blog for your foul, offensive language. Save it for the street and your homies. It’s a shame you can’t put together a couple of paragraphs without wallowing in the gutter in an attempt to make your feeble points.

    While there may be truth in what you say, the way you say it goes WAY over the top. Such a shame you have to spend your adult life full of so much hate. Stir it up, hate boy.
  • IRL is still running? Didn't they close it down after Indy? Is this their last season?
  • spedway? Did you mean Speedway?!

    Still a pimple on the butt of American Sports viewing.

    The IRL: Arguing over crumbs. :lol:
  • HAHahahaha you haters got nothin but hate. HOW many wached the last CHAMp CArs race. hahahahahah NOOne did.

    BEtter get use to it cause thanks to TOney this is all we gots. MAgine where weed be without TONey.
  • Still a pimple on the butt of American Sports viewing.

    And where is Champ Car???

    I was a big Champ Car fan but we've got a unified/merged IndyCar Series now (everybody wanted one single OW series) so we supposed to be happy about it. Actually I am. You aren't but that's your problem. But why follow the IRL then? It seems you are reading/commenting about IRL frequently and generate the hype on this blog. The IRL posts are far far the most commented posts on this blog this summer.

    Sry my not so perfect English I'm from Hungary (Central/East-Europe).
  • Hey,
    Just wondering if you can compare TV ratings between the Indy race on ABC and the F1 race on FOX this weekend. Just curious what series has the bigger draw and by what margin.
  • Champ Car fan: thanks for the memories (and your best tracks and drivers).
  • You know, it's interesting. I attended my first Nascar race this past weekend, which was, coincidentally, the first one I've ever seen. I could not have been more bored if I tried. The corporation that invited me to the race also had a television set up for the simultaneous broadcast. How Nascar fans can stand watching this stuff on TV when at least 75% of it is commercials (and yes, I know that's because they have so many sponsors) is beyond me. The racing is dull and the tv coverage is horrific. In addition, the stands at Chicagoland were empty. These were prime seats that I know for a fact are sold out, yet no one was there. Hundreds of high up seats at the S/F line. I don't know what's going on in the racing world, but I hope the IRL survives. No way I could watch that crap they call Nascar, either in person or on the tube.
  • The IRL will soon go the way of Champcar ans it will be for the best. The GreenPrixUSA will become the new first rate open wheel series in North America and will reignite the sport back to the levels of CART in the 90's before Tony George destroyed everything.

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