Indy 500: Race Earns Second-Lowest Overnight; Pre-Race Coverage Up Big


Though down only slightly from last year, the 2012 Indianapolis 500 earned one of the lowest overnights ever for the event.

The IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 drew a 4.1 overnight rating on ABC Sunday afternoon, down 5% from last year (4.3), but up a tick from 2010 (4.0).

The 4.1 overnight is the second-lowest for the Indy 500 since the race began airing live in 1986. As recently as 2008, the race drew a 5.1 overnight.

Though the race itself was down from last year, the prerace portion of ABC’s coverage earned a 1.9 overnight — up 46%.

For some perspective, the rain-delayed 2012 Daytona 500 drew a 7.7 rating in primetime.

Overnight Ratings For the Indianapolis 500
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(Sunday’s numbers from ESPN)

  • Td303

    They put on the best show possible on the track. Maybe is was the lack of Danica, or maybe the dogs don’t like the dog food. But I thought IndyCar dished up some tasty chow on Sunday.