Indy 500: Race Earns Lowest Overnight Rating on Record


Overnight ratings sank to a record-low for the 2013 Indianapolis 500.

Sunday’s IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 drew a 3.8 overnight rating on ABC Sunday afternoon, down 7% from last year (4.1), and down 12% from 2011 (4.3).

The 3.8 overnight is the lowest for the race portion of the Indianapolis 500 since the race began airing live in 1986. The previous low was a 4.0 overnight in 2010.

This marks the fifth straight year the Indy 500 has earned less than 4.5 overnight.

Pre-race coverage earned a 2.0 overnight on ABC, up a tick from last year (1.9).

(Sunday’s numbers from ESPN)

  • BobC

    Doesn’t surprise me, don’t know anyone that watches the Indy 500 anymore, or any of the other IRL races. Pretty sure they killed off the sport when they split it. Can’t put humpty dumpty together again.

  • Speed240mph

    It’s called the IZOD IndyCar Series, not the IRL. That name hasn’t been used in years. How can you judge a sport you know nothing about?

    • BobC

      It’s called the IRL all the time. I don’t call NASCAR the Sprint Cup Series either. What’s the big deal over what name you call it?

  • Mike

    That’s a shame, it was a quality race. It showed that there is more talent in the IndyCar Series than in past years after the split. The problem is no one really knows who is under the helmet except for Helio, Dario and maybe a couple others.

    The finish could have been better, finishing under caution always is anti-climactic, but that really would have had little effect on the TV ratings.

  • Rick Johnson

    Anything and everything that says Tony George is gone from Indy Car these days, The CART philosophy has returned and the CART teams have returned and yet the numbers still fall.

  • jack canatsey

    Actually , ESPN wasn’t around when they started televising the race the first time in 1950!