A DOUBLE dose of Italian action on Sunday night saw MotoGP continue its strong ratings surge, as a decent audience stayed the course through the dramatic Tuscan GP.
WORDS: Richard Craill IMAGES: Renault Sport Media
THE STAYING power of Formula One fans was showcased on Sunday night as Lewis Hamilton won a bonkers Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello.
While the race’s audience of 97,000 was down from the 103,000 who watched the equally crazy Italian Grand Prix a week prior, the audience certainly stuck around.
As the clock ticked past One AM and towards Two, more than 50,000 watched Fox Sports ‘Chequered Flag’ show, the Sky Sports F1 debrief of the day’s action.
It’s likely that, given the race went so long, this figure actually represents the audience still watching well into the wee hours of Monday morning, rather than the audience for the post-race show itself.
Anything that draws 50k to Subscription TV at 1AM in the morning is an impressive thing, making Fox Sports investment in the pricey Formula One rights more than worthwhile.
F1 races on Fox Sports 506 are averaging 103,000 this year, down slightly from the 112,000 total for the 2019 season – which was aided by big races like Australia, China and Singapore shown in Aussie prime-time, thus delivering larger numbers.
THE MISANO GRAND PRIX was not the most thrilling MotoGP race of the 2020 season nor the most watched, yet it still delivered what anyone would consider impressive TV numbers in Australia.
The total audience of 194,000 made it the third most-watched race of the year so far, behind the back-to-back races in Austria.
The number was made up of 59,000 on Fox Sports and 135,000 on 10Bold.
MotoGP averages 186,000 across the season so far, benefiting from being one of the few motor sports shown on free to air.
As always, for both F1 and MotoGP, Kayo or streaming numbers are not reported.
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SOURCES: TV Tonight, Mediaweek, TV Black Box.
(NOTE: Numbers are overnight metro (5 capital city) and Foxtel ratings supplied by ratings agency OzTam to media outlets. They do not include any additional reporting, including time shifted content, regional ratings or broader reach, unless released and freely available. They also do not include streaming numbers on Kayo or SuperView, etc).