An average of 1.11 million viewers watched the 22 grands prix shown on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC throughout the season, second only to 2022's record-setting average of 1.21 million.
And even though 2023 was just short of 2022's average, races in Saudi Arabia, Monaco, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Singapore and Mexico all broke US viewership records on TV for their respective grands prix.
F1 on the rise in the US
The rapid rise of the sport since it returned to ESPN platforms in 2018 is remarkable, with the then-average of 554,000 viewers practically doubling to the current figure of 1.11 million in 2023.
Although fans of the sport will be desperate for Verstappen and Red Bull to be challenged in 2024, albeit 2026 perhaps being more realistic with the regulation changes, the numbers show that F1 is going from strength to strength.
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