The Acura GP Long Beach is proving a hit on TV and at the racetrack

NBC Sports has revealed that the 47thth The Long Beach Acura Grand Prix, won by Josef Newgarden after a close three-way battle in the final stint, has generated the most viewership at the race since NBC replaced ABC as the event’s broadcast channel in 2009. That means IndyCar viewership through the first three rounds is the best in 19 years.

The Long Beach GP averaged 1.078 million viewers on NBC and Peacock, up 13 from last year, despite last September’s edition being the championship final. Viewership of the race peaked towards the final 15 minutes when television audiences alone reached 1.251 million viewers. The race also posted a household score of 0.64.

Powered by Peacock, the GPLB delivered an Average Minute Audience (AMA) of 22,900 viewers, the second highest (excluding the Indianapolis 500) streaming audience recorded for an IndyCar race, behind February’s season opener, the St .Petersburg in Florida. The AMA also includes streaming from and the NBC Sports App.

Viewership for the 2022 IndyCar season averages TAD 1.148 million, not only the best since 2003 but also up 34 percent from 2021, which featured two races on NBC and one on NBCSN. The Long Beach GP was the third of six consecutive races to kick off the 2022 season on the NBC network.

TAD is based on data from Nielsen and Adobe Analytics.

Meanwhile, GP Association of Long Beach President and CEO Jim Michaelian announced that attendance at the circuit is likely to show the event is back to where it was three years ago, before COVID-19 restrictions hit it resulted in the 2020 event being canceled altogether. and postponed by five months to 2021.

“The Acura Long Beach Grand Prix is ​​back!” said Michaelian. “The positive trend in pre-sales continued into race weekend and preliminary results suggest attendance and gross receipts will match or exceed pre-pandemic 2019 race results. This year the number of visitors was slightly higher than 187,000.

“A big thank you to all our fans who came to support us and we will be back for the 48th April 14-16, 2023th Acura Long Beach Grand Prix.”

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