The live telecast of the Formula 1 World Championship Brazilian Grand Prix on ESPN2 on November 17th attracted a US television audience that averaged double-digit increases over viewership for the last two editions of the race, continuing F1’s trend of season-long audience growth across ESPN networks.
The race had an average audience of 620,000 viewers on ESPN2, an increase of 32 per cent over the race on ESPN2 last year (469,000) and up eight per cent from the NBCSN audience of 571,000 in 2017. The Brazilian Grand Prix audience peaked at 757,593 as Max Verstappen drove to victory.
Through 20 races this season, Formula 1 is averaging 681,000 viewers on ESPN networks, an increase of 22 per cent over the average of 557,000 at this point last year on ESPN networks and up 25 per cent from the average of 544,000 on NBC networks in 2017.
Seventeen of the 20 races this season have seen year-over-year viewership increases on ESPN networks.
The 21-race Formula 1 season concludes on December 1st, with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.