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Indy 500 TV Ratings Jump 40 Percent
Beloit Daily News ^ | 5/30/05

Posted on 05/30/2005 3:19:38 PM PDT by LdSentinal

NEW YORK - Danica Patrick's first Indianapolis 500 made for great television. ABC's broadcast on Sunday drew a 6.6 overnight rating and a 17 share, up 40 percent from last year and the highest since 1997.

Patrick, who became the first woman to hold the lead at the Indy 500, led several of the final laps before settling for fourth. The ratings during the last 15 minutes of the race spiked to 8.8/21.

Dan Wheldon passed the 23-year-old rookie with seven laps to go and coasted to his first victory at the Brickyard.

Last year's race, won by Patrick's Rahal-Letterman teammate Buddy Rice, drew a 4.7/11.

Arie Luyendyk's victory in the 1997 race, which finished on a Tuesday because of rain, drew a 7.6/19.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV markets in the United States, covering nearly 70 percent of the country. Share is the percentage of people actually watching TV at a time who tune in at any point during a specific program.

Each overnight rating point represents about 735,000 TV homes.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abc; danica; indianapolis; indy500; nielsen; patrick; ratings; wheldon
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1 posted on 05/30/2005 3:19:40 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: All

You all knew this was coming.....


2 posted on 05/30/2005 3:21:40 PM PDT by ProudVet77 (Warning: Frequent sarcastic posts)
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To: LdSentinal

she should be home baking cookies and cleaning house gezzz


3 posted on 05/30/2005 3:22:45 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: LdSentinal

Watch the She-DEVIL, who's name will not be mentioned, become a SUDDEN Indy 500 race car fan...MARK MY WORDS!! You'll be seeing her in every darn race that's televised! Sad thing about the whole thing will be watching the drivers of those cars extend a warm welcome to the Beast, of course them being gentlemen and all...uughh! Can't stand the *itch!!


4 posted on 05/30/2005 3:24:28 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: al baby

She ran a good race. A few mistakes but she handled her car well. Fuel pressure eventually killed her run. She will get a win eventually. Coming in fourth as a rookie is not easy by any means. IRL needed this, and her, badly.


5 posted on 05/30/2005 3:28:53 PM PDT by baystaterebel (F/8 and be there!)
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To: LdSentinal

Yup, they got exactly what they wanted.


6 posted on 05/30/2005 3:28:56 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (North Texas Solutions http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: RoseofTexas; demlosers

What's going to happen in the near future is Indy race teams are going to develop young women who weigh about 100 lbs and basically give the drivers instructions over the com.

I would not be surprise to see Paris Hilton as a Indy race driver.


7 posted on 05/30/2005 3:28:59 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President - 2008)
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To: al baby

She did great...better than black flagged leaker Robbie Gordon at the Coke600.

Although, she needed more than a yellow to win the race in the end....

It was the most competitive race in recent memory.

(And please boot anyone with the Foyt name out next year...they take too many other drivers out with their bad driving )


8 posted on 05/30/2005 3:31:07 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Perdogg

If Paris Hilton keeps eating those hamburgers from the commercial she won't weigh 100 lbs. anymore. But then, she can take lessons from Roseanne on how to sing the anthem.


9 posted on 05/30/2005 3:31:28 PM PDT by Bernard
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To: Perdogg

Did you watch the race?


10 posted on 05/30/2005 3:31:42 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: baystaterebel

You do know i was kidding. I was yelling and jumping up and down hoping she would win. Letterman would have had a great top ten list, still might. I say go Danica


11 posted on 05/30/2005 3:32:52 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: Perdogg
"What's going to happen in the near future is Indy race teams are going to develop young women who weigh about 100 lbs and basically give the drivers instructions over the com."

Where you been? Thats been going on since the cars have gotten radio communications. And holy jock straps Bat Man!.....They were coaching the male drives too.
12 posted on 05/30/2005 3:33:06 PM PDT by baystaterebel (F/8 and be there!)
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To: Perdogg
Ooops, sorry should have been more clear about who I was talking about...I was talking about Hillary! According to some stats, race car fans are a HUGH voting block! They usually lean republican, I think. This sport is becoming extremely popular and political, so watch the SHE-DEVIL, aka Hitlary become a rabid fan like she did baseball when she was running for senator.!
13 posted on 05/30/2005 3:33:23 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: baystaterebel
I agree, I never said it was new. All I am saying is get a young skinny woman with decent driving skills, it may take a few years to develop, and basically coach her.

I was not being misogynistic or lacking understanding for the obvious.
14 posted on 05/30/2005 3:35:57 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President - 2008)
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To: RoseofTexas

Are you being series?


15 posted on 05/30/2005 3:36:57 PM PDT by troublesome creek
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To: BurbankKarl

I saw about half of it. I saw the beginning and the ending, I missed from about lap 90 to 180.


16 posted on 05/30/2005 3:37:01 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President - 2008)
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To: Perdogg
"I would not be surprise to see Paris Hilton as a Indy race driver."

The TV ratings would go up so much that *all* of the Indy Teams would become profitable, especially if Paris Hilton won and there was a pay-per-view for the winner's circle traditional kiss from the trophy girls.

...And lets face it, without sexy women in the hunt for the checkered flag, the sport is too mundane to attract a big TV audience (live attendence is a different beast, though).

Besides, racing has so many rules in it now that mandate so much evenness between cars and teams, that relatively inexperienced female drivers really can win now.

It was only a matter of time before the teams figured that much out, too.

17 posted on 05/30/2005 3:41:47 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Head Cheerleader, Todd "Brown Nose" Harris, who called the race for ABC was insufferable. Danica this. Will Danica do that? Danica, oh Danica, wherefore art thou, oh Danica.

Not her fault he was such an obsequious, fawning ba*tard. Had his order from the brass, though. Play it up big.

She did well. Next thing you know there will be a copier named after her.


18 posted on 05/30/2005 3:42:06 PM PDT by troublesome creek
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To: RoseofTexas

19 posted on 05/30/2005 3:42:28 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: al baby

No wonder Bill thought Monica was shapely and svelte.


20 posted on 05/30/2005 3:44:04 PM PDT by troublesome creek
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To: Perdogg

Well, for a rookie to have the presence of mind to get over to the rapidly approaching pits after losing her nose cone in that mishap was amazing to me. Most drivers would have been to stunned to make that decision that quickly.

21 posted on 05/30/2005 3:45:08 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Southack

Racing for 13 years is inexperienced?


22 posted on 05/30/2005 3:46:20 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

she did well yes indeed


23 posted on 05/30/2005 3:46:34 PM PDT by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: LdSentinal

Next year the Indy 500 will be on the "Lifetime" channel. /s


24 posted on 05/30/2005 3:47:14 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: Southack

Ashley Judd should be in the cockpit, perhaps even on Dario Franchitti's lap.


25 posted on 05/30/2005 3:48:22 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: BurbankKarl

One more thing for all us NASCAR fans.....

She tested a Busch car in June of 2002.


26 posted on 05/30/2005 3:49:33 PM PDT by baystaterebel (F/8 and be there!)
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To: troublesome creek
I think a lot of people will fall off the Danica bandwagon after that miserable commentary.

That's unfortunate.
27 posted on 05/30/2005 3:49:54 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President - 2008)
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To: baystaterebel

Beth Ann Morgenthau, the car owner for Ken Schrader's No. 49 Dodge, was among those watching Danica Patrick's efforts in the Indianapolis 500 Sunday afternoon.
"I guess it's just natural for a female to pull for the female driver, but it was incredibly exciting to see how well she did," Morgenthau said after watching Patrick's fourth-place finish.

"It was impressive, not just to see her finish so well but to overcome so much adversity. Any driver doing that well would be admirable but the fact she did it as an Indianapolis 500 rookie is very, very impressive."

Morgenthau said she would like to see more women involved in all aspects of motorsports, not only as drivers but as owners, crew members and officials as well.

"Someone running as well as Danica Patrick did today in front of an international television audience is great for the sport," Morgenthau said. "I'm hoping there were thousands of little girls all across the country watching, rooting for her and dreaming of the day they will run in the Indianapolis 500 or the Coca-Cola 600."


28 posted on 05/30/2005 3:50:47 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: LdSentinal
Just to let you all know, I spent most of that afternoon cooking dinner and scrubbing the bathroom floor while my wife was drinking beer and watching the Indy 500.

The worm has turned...

29 posted on 05/30/2005 3:51:04 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand?)
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To: troublesome creek

maybe bewcause some of us wanted to hear about danica, and not as much about the other drivers. duh.


30 posted on 05/30/2005 3:51:45 PM PDT by RightMike
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To: BurbankKarl

I'll tell you one thing, if she doesn't win a race, that pseudosapphic columnist Christine Brennan at USA Today will make her out to be the next Anna K.


31 posted on 05/30/2005 3:54:13 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President - 2008)
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To: SamAdams76
Meow, dude.
32 posted on 05/30/2005 3:54:19 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: troublesome creek

I have to agree. That was the most sycophantic and pathetic *ss-kissing by a sportscaster since Ahmad Rashad was licking Jordan and Pippin's Nikes during the 90s.


33 posted on 05/30/2005 3:55:07 PM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) (I don't hate anybody, except the French....)
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To: SamAdams76


34 posted on 05/30/2005 3:56:46 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: SamAdams76

Oh no . . .


35 posted on 05/30/2005 3:57:18 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Perdogg

Oh, I think she will win...

Plus, I didnt see her running her teammate off the road like others yesterday...


36 posted on 05/30/2005 3:58:24 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: LdSentinal

Having a 50-60 pound weight advantage for 500 miles is a big deal in these cars. Put some weight under the seat and lets see the big deal then.

In regards to NASCAR- she will not make it. Not because she is a woman either.

This fawning over a "rookie" status is crap also. I remember one I500 when the new driver took a tour on the track bus and the old tour driver showed the best line of the track. The kid won the race.

Here is the formula for winning at racing. Money, money, money, luck, skill, and more money.


37 posted on 05/30/2005 4:06:39 PM PDT by American Vet Repairman
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To: troublesome creek

It's too bad she wasn't an illegal alien too-- think how good for the ratings that would've been.


38 posted on 05/30/2005 4:31:32 PM PDT by zipper ("The fear of God makes heroes, the fear of man makes cowards."-- Sgt Alvin C. York)
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39 posted on 05/30/2005 4:32:20 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President - 2008)
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To: LdSentinal

I am a lifelong Indy 500 and Indy car fan. I applaud her for doing so well. I know it must be tough to drive that fast for that long and not get dead. On the other hand, if ABC or ESPN said "Danica" one more time I was going to scream! By the end of the race I prayed for her to finish antwhere but 1st just so they would shut up about her. Kind of like John Tesh at the summer olympic games a number of years ago he was obbsessed with sonme Russian Gymnast.


40 posted on 05/30/2005 4:38:26 PM PDT by StoneColdTaxHater
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To: StoneColdTaxHater

Un freeking believable! She's so green, she hasn't even been taught to leave the toilet seat up, and somebody's given her an Indy ride.

(BTW, I was rooting for her too)


41 posted on 05/30/2005 4:43:08 PM PDT by umgud (FR, NASCAR, NRA, GOP)
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To: American Vet Repairman

Even given the "weight" issue, I still think it took guts to drive as fast as she did. What if one guy is 210 and another is 180. Are they going to complain about that? I for one, applaud anyone that can drive that fast no matter what they weigh. And by the way, I was thrilled that Carl Edwards won the Busch and Nascar the same weekend. That is quite an incentive for rookies.


42 posted on 05/30/2005 4:49:04 PM PDT by JBCiejka
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To: LdSentinal


I R who ?

Oh,that 3rd tear open racing ? yeah,heard of it,don`t watch it.

CART / F1 Rules.


43 posted on 05/30/2005 4:53:26 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Para-Ord.45


* Tier.

Fruedian slip there


44 posted on 05/30/2005 4:54:30 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Perdogg

45 posted on 05/30/2005 6:57:33 PM PDT by b4its2late (It's frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.)
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To: Perdogg

Jeff Gordon has a bigger chest.


46 posted on 05/30/2005 7:03:21 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: b4its2late

She's very cute but her hands look kind of masculine.


47 posted on 05/30/2005 7:06:34 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President - 2008)
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To: RightMike

Dictionaries are available in most good bookstores. Try one out. You might be amazed at how some words are actually spelled. Not sure either "duh" and "bewcause" are in there, but, hey, it's worth a shot.


48 posted on 05/30/2005 8:22:39 PM PDT by troublesome creek
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To: LdSentinal

Smart move for the Indianapolis 500.


49 posted on 05/30/2005 8:24:29 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Perdogg

she is gorgeous isn't she?


50 posted on 05/31/2005 4:25:00 AM PDT by RightMike
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