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.
(Sunday’s numbers from ESPN)