F1 Still Wins For RTL But Not Like Before
By Jay Stuart | November 26, 2018
The Formula 1 finale in Abu Dhabi on Sunday topped the afternoon viewing stakes in Germany for RTL but the audience was way down from the German heyday of the popularity of the series.
RTL pulled 4.23 million viewers for Lewis Hamilton’s victory with a market share of 24.5%. Eight years ago, the win by Sebastian Vettel (who was second yesterday) pulled 10.27 million for the last race of the season.
In Italy, Sky Italia served up a triple play of the race. On its digital terrestrial channel TV8, the Abu Dhabi GP had 1.585 million viewers and a share of 9.1%. On Sky Sport F1 there were 422,000 with a share of 2.4% and on Sky Sport One the audience was 370,000 with a 2.1% share.
In The Netherlands, Ziggo Sport, the joint venture between Liberty Global and Vodafone, pulled 935,000 viewers for the race and a share of 30.3%, fifth biggest Dutch audience of the day.