TV rankings: Mid-Ohio, Mugello, Richmond
The return of NFL and faculty soccer to the airwaves final week modified the dynamic of U.S. sports activities TV, with the battle for eyeballs abruptly getting much more fierce. Sunday’s 5 broadcast community NFL sport occasions (that includes numerous video games by area) had been throughout 7.2 in common rankings, topped by the 13.17 nationwide ranking and 26 million viewers common for the late Sunday afternoon video games on FOX. Whereas some pundits had speculated that the NFL’s viewers might be considerably impacted by its gamers’ outstanding half in social justice demonstrations, these averages are close to similar to 2019’s NFL numbers for this weekend, when the late FOX sport additionally was high canine with a 13.19/24m common.
NASCAR steered away from NFL’s opening Sunday, racing Saturday evening at Richmond, with the Cup Sequence race on NBCSN averaging a 1.05 nationwide ranking and 1.7 million family viewers. That’s down from the earlier Sunday’s 1.37/2.4m for Darlington. On this weekend final yr, Cup was in Las Vegas on Sunday evening and had a 1.42/2.4m common on the identical community.
The NASCAR Xfinity Sequence doubled up Friday and Saturday at Richmond, with Saturday afternoon’s race getting a 0.48/766,000 common on NBCSN. That was a slight uptick over final yr’s solo race in Las Vegas, run on a Saturday night on the identical community (0.46/742K). The Friday evening race averaged a 0.34/579,000 on NBCSN.
The NTT IndyCar Sequence additionally staged a doubleheader at Mid-Ohio, going straight up in opposition to faculty and professional soccer, and held its viewers fairly nicely for each occasions. Sunday afternoon’s race on NBC averaged 0.44/635,000 viewers, down solely fractionally from final yr’s 0.47/670K for this race on NBC when it ran with out soccer competitors in August. It’s down from this August’s Street America race on the published community, although (0.72/1.0m).
The Saturday Mid-Ohio race, which began later within the day and aired on NBCSN, almost matched Sunday’s viewers with a mean of 0.38/624K.
Method 1 posted close to similar numbers to IndyCar’s cable viewers, with Sunday morning’s inaugural Tuscan Grand Prix averaging 0.38/627,000 on ESPN2. That’s up a tick from the earlier week’s Italian GP at Monza on the identical community (0.35/602,000).
Taped highlights from the Lucas Oil Off Street Racing sequence at Wheatland, Mo., on CBS averaged 0.29/449,000 on Saturday afternoon.
NASCAR’s Truck Sequence, racing Thursday evening at Richmond, averaged a 0.15/237,000 on FS1.