The live telecast of Sunday’s Formula 1 World Championship Singapore Grand Prix on ESPN2 attracted the largest U.S. television audience on record for the event, continuing the season-long trend of audience growth for the championship across ESPN networks.
The race had an average audience of 574,000 viewers on ESPN2, an increase of 20 percent over the race on ESPN2 last year (477,000). The Singapore Grand Prix audience peaked at 719,552 as Sebastian Vettel scored the win.
Through 15 races this season, Formula 1 is averaging 659,000 viewers on ESPN networks, an increase of 19 percent over the average of 552,000 at this point last year on ESPN networks and up 22 percent from the average of 540,000 on NBC networks in 2017.
All but three of the 15 races this season have seen year-over-year viewership increases on ESPN networks.
The Formula 1 season continues this weekend with the Russian Grand Prix. The race airs at 7:05 a.m. ET on ESPN2 on Sunday, Sept. 29.