Race Weekend Central

TV Ratings Down for Sprint Cup Indianapolis Race, Up for Nationwide

The TV broadcast of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway brought in a 3.4 U.S. Rating, averaging 5.196 million viewers. The viewership is down from the 2013 race, which boasted an average 5.46 million viewers.

Indianapolis marked the biggest market with a rating of 15.0, which is up from 13.7 last year. Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville were second nationally at 9.4 rating with North Carolina’s Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem market third nationally with an 8.7 rating. Charlotte and Richmond tied for fourth at 7.7. The rest of the nation’s top 10 markets for the race were Louisville, 6.9; Nashville, 6.5; Birmingham and Raleigh-Durham, 6.3; and Tampa/St. Petersburg and Orlando, 5.5.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s Nationwide Series race earned a 1.3 rating, averaging 1.988 million viewers. It marks an increase over last year, which averaged 1.913 million viewers.

Notably, a Nationwide Series regular in Ty Dillon won the race and with the recent success of regulars like Dillon, Chase Elliott and Regan Smith, the series may be up on a upswing versus the constant backlash received in the past about Sprint Cup drivers dominating.



About the author

Residing in Canada, she freelances for a number of racing publications, from SpeedwayMedia.com to On Pit Road while covering local short tracks up in Ontario.

Sign up for the Frontstretch Newsletter

A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.

Share via