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Chart: Formula 1's rise on ESPN

Tim Baysinger
Oct 24, 2022

Disney and Formula 1 have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship as the former has capitalized on the latter's growing popularity among U.S. viewers.

Why it matters: ESPN is under heavy scrutiny following Dan Loeb's activist campaign, and live sports remain pretty much the only thing that guarantees TV tune-in.

Driving the news: Disney and Formula 1 agreed to a three-year extension of their media rights deal through 2025, which will include more races and the addition of streaming rights.

By the numbers: With the exception of the Covid-19-impacted 2020 season, Formula 1 has grown its audience each year since returning to ESPN in 2018.

  • The first-ever Miami Grand Prix drew 2.6 million viewers on ABC back in May. That is the largest U.S. audience ever to watch a live F1 Grand Prix.
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