Formula 1 Sets Another U.S. Viewership Record – Mexican Grand Prix on ABC Has Largest Audience Since Race’s Return

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Formula 1 Sets Another U.S. Viewership Record – Mexican Grand Prix on ABC Has Largest Audience Since Race’s Return

Through 18 Live Races, F1 Average Audience Up 19 Percent Over Last Year

United States Grand Prix Airs Live on ABC Sunday from Austin

The live telecast of Sunday’s Formula 1 World Championship Mexican Grand Prix on ABC drew the largest U.S. television audience on record for the event since its return in 2015, another mark in the season-long trend of audience growth for the championship across ESPN networks.

The race had an average audience of 850,000 viewers on ABC, an increase of 11 percent over the race on ABC last year (769,000) and up three percent from the NBC audience of 826,000 in 2017. The Mexican Grand Prix audience peaked at 1,014,168 as Lewis Hamilton scored his 10th win of the 2019 season.

The audience for the Mexican Grand Prix was the third-largest of the season on ESPN networks, following the Canadian Grand Prix on ABC (1.1 million average viewers) and the Monaco Grand Prix on ESPN (908,000).

Through 18 races this season, Formula 1 is averaging 671,000 viewers on ESPN networks, an increase of 19 percent over the average of 561,000 at this point last year on ESPN networks and up 24 percent from the average of 542,000 on NBC networks in 2017.

All but three of the 18 races this season have seen year-over-year viewership increases on ESPN networks.

The Formula 1 season continues this weekend with the United States Grand Prix. The race airs at 1:30 p.m. ET on ABC on Sunday, Nov. 3, from Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

(photo courtesy Formula 1)

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Andy Hall

I’m part of a team that handles PR/Communications for SportsCenter, including the SC Featured brand, and ESPN’s news platforms. In addition, I’m the PR contact for ESPN’s coverage of golf (the Masters), motorsports (Formula 1), and the sports betting program Daily Wager. I’m based in Daytona Beach, Fla., and have been with ESPN since 2006.
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