Last Sunday, the 28 May, was a bumper day of racing for motorsport fans all over the world – with F1’s Monaco GP and the Indianapolis 500.
Two races in motorsport’s ‘Triple Crown’ taking place on one day basically makes it feel like Christmas for any racing fan, there really isn’t anything else to compare it to.
But the iconic event was viewed by quite a few people, in fact, it had the largest audience for an F1 race since NBC took over broadcasting the sport in 2013.
It started at 8:00am too, so that’s quite an achievement, and was shown on the main NBC channel, as well as online and in the NBC Sports app.
Whether it’s helped by the fact the Indy 500 takes place on the same day, we’re not sure, but it’s certainly encouraging for F1 and its popularity in the US.
The Monaco GP was viewed by 1.44 million people on NBC, which is up 9% compared to 2016, and is the most watched F1 race on the NBC family of networks (dating back to 2013).
Previously, the highest audience viewership was for the Monaco GP four years ago at 1.41m. Plus, when you look at Total Audience Delivery (on NBC and digital), the 2017 figure rises to 1.53 (up 14% on last year).
Sports Media Watch reports that NBC claims it is the most-watched live F1 race in US television, but “that was based on fast-nationals that were 5% higher than the final viewership total”.
Good news for NBC, good news for F1, good news for fans in the US and interesting the most uneventful race of the season (but the most prestigious) drew in the most viewers.