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Indy500 TV ratings hit 5-year high

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MAY 31: NTT Indy Car Series driver Helio Castroneves poses for a photo after winning the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the winner’s photo shoot on May 31, 2021 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Indianapolis 500 saw a 5-year high in terms of TV ratings. The iconic event peaked a viewership of 7.129 million, up from 2020’s Covid-hit race disappointing 3.692 million.

The Total Audience Delivery metric, which combines both television and live streaming audiences, revealed the Indy 500 produced 5.581 million viewers. However, the viewership peaked at 7.129 million viewers, a 51.1 percent increase in the year-to-year audience.

Here are the top viewer markets:

RankMarketHH Rating
1Indianapolis21.3
2Daytona8.1
3Cincinnati8.1
4Ft. Myers-Naples6.3
5Louisville6.3
6Knoxville6.0
7Nashville5.4
8Columbus, Ohio5.4
9Hartford-New Haven5.1
10Greenville-Spantarburg5.0
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