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2020 Point Standings
After Road America 2
Rank Driver Points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Dixon, Scott 173
2 Herta, Colton 119
3 Pagenaud, Simon 110
4 O'Ward, Pato 110
5 Newgarden, Josef 106
6 Ericsson, Marcus 93
7 Power, Will 92
8 Rosenqvist, Felix 88
9 Rahal, Graham 88
10 Ferrucci, Santino 87
11 Hunter-Reay, Ryan 81
12 Palou, Alex (R) 79
13 Veach, Zach 78
14 VeeKay, Rinus (R) 71
15 Kimball, Charlie 70
16 Sato, Takuma 69
17 Daly, Conor 67
18 Rossi, Alexander 66
19 Askew, Oliver (R) 51
20 Harvey, Jack 49
21 Andretti, Marco 43
22 Chilton, Max 42
23 Hinchcliffe, James 31
24 Carpenter, Ed 30
25 Kellett, Dalton (R) 29
26 Kanaan, Tony 20
27 Karam, Sage 7
28 Pigot, Spencer 7

Rookie of Year Standings
1 Palou, Alex (R) 79
2 VeeKay, Rinus (R) 71
3 Askew, Oliver (R) 51
4 Kellett, Dalton (R) 29

Manufacturer Standings
Honda 362
Chevy 270

Historical IndyCar TV Numbers

2016 thru 2019
Friday, December 27, 2019

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As 2019 draws to a close, AutoRacing1.com analyzes the IndyCar TV data from 2016 thru the current year 2019. Any while you may have read the picture is all rosy for IndyCar, don't believe the FAKE NEWS as we present the raw data and an analysis on the raw data to present the true picture.  So much of what we read in the media today is slanted and bias reporting, it is hard for people to know what's real and what's fake. Was the move to all races on NBC/NBCSN good for IndyCar, or was it bad?  Read and find out.

Raw Data (K=1,000)

Venue2016
Network
2016
Rating
2016
Viewers
2017
Network
2017
Rating
2017
Viewers
2018
Network
2018
Rating
2018
Viewers
2019
Network
2019
Rating
2019
Viewers
St. PeteABC1.01,400KABC0.81,190KABC0.811,144KNBCSN0.32495K
PhoenixNBCSN0.29363KNBCSN0.21343KNBCSN0.19253K---
Austin---------NBCSN0.23341K
BarberNBCSN0.26279KNBCSN0.39470KNBCSN0.2310KNBCSN0.19296K
Long Beach NBCSN 0.37402KNBCSN0.21321KNBCSN0.24370KNBCSN0.28436K
Indy GP ABC1.01,300KABC0.71KKABC0.55780KNBC0.711,066K
Indy 500 ABC3.96,000KABC3.45,500KABC3.14,900KNBC3.405,400K
Detroit 1ABC0.71,000KABC0.6847KABC0.55751KNBC0.55761K
Detroit 2ABC0.6918KABC0.91,400KABC0.63936KNBC0.711,091K
TexasNBCSN0.3388KNBCSN0.35561KNBCSN0.21336KNBCSN0.24366K
Elkhart LakeNBCSN0.33470KNBCSN0.37568KNBCSN0.22322KNBC0.771,104K
TorontoCNBC-171KCNBC
(live)
-187K------
TorontoNBCSN
(delay)
0.3530KNBCSN
(delay)
0.32489KNBCSN0.29458KNBCSN0.33502K
IowaNBCSN0.37534KNBCSN0.37534KNBCSN0.31452KNBCSN0.11156K
Mid-OhioNBCSN0.55811KNBCSN
(delay)
0.39576KNBCSN
(delay)
0.39644KNBC0.47670K
Mid-Ohio---CNBC
(live)
0.13200KCNBC
(live)
0.09139K---
PoconoNBCSN0.45635KNBCSN0.4618KNBCSN0.34542KNBCSN0.36549K
Gateway---NBCSN0.23359KNBCSN0.23391KNBCSN0.20310K
Watkins GlenNBCSN0.29440KNBCSN0.41604K------
Portland------NBCSN0.35529KNBC0.741,101K
Sonoma NBCSN0.33528KNBCSN0.33536KNBCSN0.38629K---
Laguna Seca---------NBC0.50732K

Statistics - Annual Total Viewership

ABC/NBCSN2016ABC/NBCSN2017ABC/NBCSN2018NBC/NBCSN
2019
Total Viewers16,169K 16,303K 13,886K 15,376K
  % Chg
'16 to '17
+0.8%% Chg
'17 to '18
-14.8%% Chg
'18 to '19
+10.7%

Analysis
Positives: Total viewership was up 10.7% in 2019 over 2018, because 3 additional races were on network TV (NBC) vs. 2018
Negatives: Despite more races on network TV in 2019, total viewership in 2019 was less than both 2016 and 2017 when the network was ABC instead of NBC

Statistics - Average Viewership per race by Network

2016201720182019
ABC AvgNBCSN AvgABC AvgNBCSN AvgABC AvgNBCSN AvgNBC AvgNBCSN Avg
2,123,600489,0911,987,400498,2501,702,200436,333
1,490,625383,444

Analysis
Positives: None. While total viewership was up by adding 3 network TV races, average viewership by network is down
Negatives: Average viewership on NBC races was down 12.4% per race vs. ABC in 2018, down 25.0% per race vs ABC in 2017 and down 29.8% per race vs. ABC in 2016. Average viewership per NBCSN race was down 12.1% from 2018

Conclusion


As a result of the NBC IndyCar deal, the black you see above is exactly what TVs outside the USA get for IndyCar race broadcasts, i.e. nothing

By moving all its races to NBC/NBCSN IndyCar has shot itself in the foot. ABC had offered 11 network races per year for 2019 and beyond vs. only 8 for NBC.  Had IndyCar chosen ABC/ESPN not only would the total viewership have been up much much more, the average viewership per race would have been up, not down. We saw that when F1 moved from NBCSN to ESPN2 - much higher viewership and ratings on the ESPN network

Add to that the fact that IndyCar would not have gone dark globally because ESPN International would still be distributing the race broadcasts around the world to over 100 countries, and it becomes clear what a disaster the new IndyCar TV deal has been. We see that with so many teams still not set with sponsors and drivers for 2020. If you are confused why IndyCar is hurting for 2020 when the economy is so strong, look no further than the TV numbers - the data does not lie. It's the TV Ratings stupid.

Just about everything is down and whoever made the decision to switch made a serious error in management judgement.

Will Roger Penske start to clean house and put managers in charge who can make sound business decisions, or stay the course that will result in IndyCar floundering and its drivers, its heroes, remaining unknown to 99.9999% of the population?

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