NASCAR beats Formula 1 Miami race in TV ratings. What does it mean?

The numbers are in, and NASCAR took the checkered flag … barely … in Sunday’s showdown with the highly anticipated Formula 1 race in Miami.

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington, which aired on Fox Sports 1, earned a 1.45 rating with 2,614 million viewers. The all-important 18-49 demographic included 517,000 viewers.

The inaugural Miami Grand Prix, meanwhile, aired on main ABC, earning a 1.08 rating with 2,066 million viewers (this includes the 90-minute pre-race show).

The F1 race did, however, get the slight edge in the 18-49 demographic with 735,000 viewers.

According to a release from ESPN, the race peaked at 2.9 million viewers and averaged 2.6 million during the actual race telecast from 3: 30-5: 30 pm

TV ratings have been a hot topic, rightfully so, in NASCAR for the past few seasons. So far in 2022, they have been mostly up across the board, including the most-watched Daytona 500 in a few years and consistent numbers through the first three months of the season.

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