V8 Supercar ratings disaster

V8 Supercars Jamie Whincup Ipswich

V8 Supercars: Ipswich ratings disaster

ANY way you look at it or play with numbers, the television figures from Queensland Raceway (August 1-2) were nothing short of disastrous, with serious implications for those teams attempting to renew or hook sponsorship deals for next season and beyond.

The size of the problem comes into worrying focus when comparing this year’s live telecast figures on Foxtel with those on Seven a year ago.

Applying the five city metro measure, Foxtel had a mere 43,035 viewers of the live coverage. The delayed highlights package on free-to-air Ten and One were watched by 93,211 people across both days.

At the corresponding round in 2014, Seven’s live free-to-air coverage attracted 209,596 viewers overall.

Overall live coverage of the event was therefore down 79 percent across the vital metro markets. Losses were consistent across the two days (Saturday down 80 percent; Sunday down 79 percent).

Worryingly, Sydney was the worst-performing market, plummeting 92 percent overall and 96 percent on Sunday alone. Little more than 3000 Sydneysiders watched Sunday’s live Foxtel telecast.

V8 Supercars has tried to pump up its television ratings by lumping together the Foxtel average with the packaged highlights on Ten/One, plus repeats and ‘other media’, counting apples and oranges and plums to come up with a positive spin.


MotoGP:  Marquez edges Lorenzo in Indianapolis thriller

TWO memorable duels marked the Indianapolis round of the MotoGP championship, with Honda’s Marc Marquez emerging victorious over Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, and Valentino Rossi claiming third after a tight battle with Dani Pedrosa.

Since moving up to the MotoGP class, Marquez has never lost in America. The Spaniard’s win streak covers all seven races since he moved to the premier class – three in Austin, one at Laguna Seca and now three in Indianapolis.

The race was held under a threat of thunderstorms and with eight laps remaining rain flags were displayed, but the storm held off.

Lorenzo led for much of the race, with Marquez setting a new lap record as he chased down his countryman, passing him with three laps remaining to score Honda’s 700th GP victory.

Rossi still holds sway in the championship standings with 195 points, nine ahead of Lorenzo. Marquez is now third overall, but 56 points behind Rossi.

Jack Miller secured the best grid position of his rookie MotoGP season (16th) but Sunday brought only pain for the Queenslander, who dropped out after another good start.

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  • surely v8 hierachy read these posts.????
  • Time to rescue the V8's Foxtel should cut their losses and run. Channel 9 paid for the footy, why doesn't a TV channel have a quiet chat to Foxtel and get the rights to broadcast ?
  • Peter McKay, you expected any thing different. I have watched the V8's for the last 20 years on free to air TV. Do you think I will spend $50 a month to watch the V8 rounds on Fox when the races only run for about 6-8 months a year. The V8 teams better wake up to them selves and get FREE TO AIR telecasts back on or risk killing all forms of motor racing in Australia within 2 years.
  • A lot of us believe that all Motorsport should be free for all to watch. Please come and join us in this this group and help the fight to get Motorsport free for all to watch. ?#?FREE? ?#?V8SC? ?#?FTA? https://www.facebook.com/groups/BoycottFoxteland10
  • And it is only going to get worse when holden and ford go so the series will fold they took away the FTA for most viewers forgetting many save to go to lical rounds i use to so they know how to fix it but warburton is doing his best to destroy the series and guess what its working
  • The V8 Supersilhouettes teams have abused their loyal fans twice over. First they replaced their production-based cars with a homogenised, paritised, badge-engineered, tubeframe-chassis, and then they made their circus invisible to those on 'struggle street'. A pox on their houses.