Nascar’s penultimate race draws 2.5m US viewers for NBC

Stock car racing series beats out F1's ratings for Mexican GP as ESPN hits 1m viewers.
  • Nascar sees 4% viewership decrease compared to 2021 equivalent race
  • F1 however experiences a 4% increase compared to 2021

Nascar saw 2.5 million viewers tune into the NBC commercial network to watch the penultimate race of the season in Martinsville, a four per cent decrease compared to last season's race.

In a broadcast schedule pitting motorsport against the National Football League (NFL), the ESPN pay-TV network's coverage of the Formula One Mexican Grand Prix brought in more than one million viewers, a four per cent increase compared to last year's race on the ABC commercial network.

ESPN owner Disney will be pleased with those figures as it saw increased viewers despite this year's driver's championship already being decided. The 2021 Mexico race came with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in the midst of their heated title battle.

The Nascar Xfinity Series race, also in Martinsville, marginally beat out the Formula One race for viewership with 1.5 million viewers tuning in.

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