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NASCAR-IndyCar Doubleheader at Indianapolis Achieves Top Viewership Ratings

Published 07/07/2020, 11:49 AM EDT

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NBC Sports thundered to a portion of its best racing rating of the previous years with its inclusion of the first NASCAR-Indycar end of the week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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The occasion highlighted NASCAR’s Cup and Xfinity arrangement and Indycar contending on the same track for the 1st time.

In the first 2020 NASCAR Cup Series race telecasted by the broadcaster, a normal all-out crowd of about 4.37 million on the NBC, saw Kevin Harvick win on Sunday his third Brickyard 400.


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That was up by 46 percent from the same race in 2019. It was the Brickyard’s most-watched version since 2017, as indicated by information released Monday by Nielsen Co. and Adobe Analytics.

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Scott Dixon won the NTT INDYCAR Series GMR Grand Prix. Chase Briscoe won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pennzoil 150 in consecutive races at the IMS on Saturday. Both the races were broadcasted on NBC.

As reported by, Saturday’s INDYCAR GMR Grand Prix garnered a Total Audience of 1.145 million watchers, making it NBC Sports’ best-afternoon race.


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It was the second-most-watched INDYCAR race by and large behind the last Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway (1.256 million watchers). This bars the 2019 Indianapolis 500 for the two achievements.


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It is likewise the most-watched Indy Grand Prix in six years (1.244 million, ABC, 2014). The race is up by 7% versus a year ago’s race in May (1.073 million, NBC).

Through the initial two races of the 2020 season, the NTT INDYCAR Series is averaging a TAD of 1.2 million watchers. It is up by 30% versus the initial two INDYCAR races on NBC last season (922,000), barring the Indy 500.

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Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Pennzoil 150 averaged a TAD of 1.692 million watchers, making it the most-watched Xfinity race from the Brickyard in three years (1.693 million, NBCSN, 2017).


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It was by up 21% versus the arrangement’s four races on NBC in 2019 (1.398). The race was the most-watched Xfinity race on a channel since Darlington keep going August (1.711 million on NBC).




Abhay Aggarwal

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.