Even with a 1 a.m. ET starting time, the highly-anticipated inaugural Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix attracted one of ESPN’s largest F1 audiences of the season on Sunday morning, Nov. 19.
The telecast, which ran from 1-3:05 a.m., averaged 1.3 million viewers, the third-largest F1 audience of the season on cable and sixth-largest overall on ESPN platforms this season. An average of 668,000 in the P18-49 demographic were tuned in as three-time World Champion Max Verstappen won a closely-contested race over Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez.
The Las Vegas Grand Prix was the most-viewed F1 race since June’s Canadian Grand Prix on ABC (1.76 million) and the most-watched telecast of any kind on cable after 11 p.m. ET Saturday night and in the overnight hours. Viewership for the race peaked at 1.5 million between 1:15-1:30 a.m.
The race was also streaming on ESPN+ and the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix ranks as the second most-viewed F1 race on ESPN+ on record, behind only this season’s Miami Grand Prix.
The top 10 local market ratings for the race telecast:
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Formula 1 qualifying, which aired from 2:54 – 4:09 a.m. ET on Nov. 17, averaged 626,000 viewers on ESPN.
With one race remaining, the 2023 F1 season remains on track to be the F1’s second most-viewed season ever on U.S. television, averaging 1.12 million viewers. Last year’s record-setting season, which included the inaugural Miami Grand Prix that averaged a record 2.6 million viewers, averaged 1.21 million viewers.
The 2023 season has had three of the four largest live F1 audiences in history on U.S. television:
- Miami 1.96 million
- Monaco 1.79 million
- Canada 1.76 million
The season will conclude with the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 7:55 a.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+. Also returning for the final race is F1 Kids, a special alternate telecast designed for children, airing simultaneously on ESPNU.
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