Many people are in church on Sunday mornings. Sunday afternoon is fairly standard for motor races.
I don't know much about ratings, but I do know what I like and it ain't road/street "racing". Once they get to an oval, I'll watch. Until then, it's pretty much all Cup for me.
American drivers on ovals has been a bvoon for ARCA ratings. They're off the charts.
This race never had a chance in the ratings after Tiger Woods became a factor on Saturday and tied for the lead on Sunday at the Masters. American star power taking on the best of the world equals huge ratings in the United States, something AOWR hasn't had since Al. Jr. and Michael were going wheel to wheel with Nigel Mansell , Emmo and Jaques Villeneuve. And this "no one can find VERSUS" argument holds no water with me. On Cox cable in Oklahoma, VERSUS holds a prime spot on the dial, just after all the local channels in HD. Its spot is better than all the ESPN channels. This race would have been better served to have been shown on tape delay Saturday evening . Regards, Ernest
Versus on DirecTV is 4 channels below Speed and about 400 channels from ESPN, and 600 from local channels...
I am a fan of the IZOD IndyCar Series, Formula 1, and AMA Supercross in that respective order.
But if you wish to use the "final round down 12% from last year" standard... it was still the third highest-rated Masters final round in 10 years.
You cannot convince me that having 35.8 million viewers watch all or part of the Sun. final round coverage of the Masters had absolutely no effect on the viewership numbers for competing TV sporting events...
As to your rhetorical question, I'm sure it had some impact on "competing TV sporting events . . .", though given the relative size of the Indycar audience (both last year and this at Barber, as well as historically), it would seem as though the specific impact to Indycar was likely minimal. Would obviously be interested in whatever statistical data you have access to that demonstrates whether that is an accurate view. Thanks.
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