Skip to comments.Indy 500 TV Ratings Jump 40 Percent
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.
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)
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.
I R who ?
Oh,that 3rd tear open racing ? yeah,heard of it,don`t watch it.
CART / F1 Rules.
Fruedian slip there
Jeff Gordon has a bigger chest.
She's very cute but her hands look kind of masculine.
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.
Smart move for the Indianapolis 500.
she is gorgeous isn't she?
its called a typo. who made you the typo police?
Despite being a liberal, Tony thinks he's apart of the Kinesiocracy.
I like Ms Patrick. She seems like the real deal, and down to earth. I think the media is the one playing up the feministic angle. I was rooting for her to win.
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