- Viewership marks largest US F1 audience across 2020 and 2021 seasons
- Current season has delivered 48 per cent viewership increase compared to 2020
US cable sports channel ESPN has revealed that its broadcast of Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix on 23rd May reached 934,000 viewers on ESPN2.
According to the broadcaster, the figure represents the largest US audience for a Formula One race across both the 2020 and 2021 seasons so far.
Additionally, this year’s Monaco Grand Prix delivered the fourth largest US cable audience for a Formula One race on record as Max Verstappen stole the championship lead from Lewis Hamilton.
It marks an upward trend in viewership in comparison to the Monaco races in 2018 and 2019, which reached audiences of 820,000 and 925,000 respectively.
Looking at the 2021 season as a whole, Formula One is averaging 901,000 viewers on ESPN and ESPN2 so far, an increase of 48 per cent from 2020 and 34 per cent from 2019.
ESPN has been broadcasting Formula One in the US since 2018 when it took over from NBC and has seen an uptick in viewers ever since. The broadcaster secured a deal in 2019 to continue airing the championship until the end of the 2022 season.
The 2021 Formula One season continues on 6th June in Baku, Azerbaijan.