I am not against discussing facts when facts are available. It is just that the facts must be made available on which to base intelligent observation first. Anything else, at least here, is merely subjective hysteria.
Further, the vast majority of cable programming falls into the same bucket. I'd like to believe in wide-eyed pie-in-the-sky 12+ overnight increases too, and I offered some suggestions about how to bump it up in post(s) above.
With regard to Texas attendance, that actually was a really good crowd. Of course it was not as big as the 'good old days.' Nothing is. And given the needlessly strained relationship between the management of the track and IndyCar what does anyone reasonably expect? If you look at the season as a whole, attendance numbers are not bad. We are not experiencing the kind of dramatic falloff, for example, that much of NASCAR is.
Television ratings are important. But 12+ overnights remain only fodder for sweeping generalization, most of which is based on the dangerous combination of ignorance and pessimism.
-The Way I See It Disciple of INDYCAR