IndyCar Rating Up 53 Percent

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The NBC Sports Network coverage of Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg saw a 53 percent ratings increase. (Joe Secka/JMS Pro photo)
The NBC Sports Network coverage of Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg saw a 53 percent ratings increase. (Joe Secka/JMS Pro photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg scored a 53-percent increase in ratings from the network’s first IZOD IndyCar Series event of 2012.

Sunday’s event earned a .26 rating in the United States. It was the best for an IndyCar opener on NBC Sports Network (then Versus) since 2009.

The telecast saw an estimated 388,000 viewers, which represents a 78-percent increase over last year’s season opener, which played to 218,000 viewers.