Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Canadian Grand Prix highlights 13.5 hours of MotorSports on NBC Sports stations June 7-9

After seeing the ratings increase by 137% compared to last year on SPEED, NBC is ready to go full throttle with this weeks Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix. Both the practice and the qualifying rounds will be featured on NBC Sports Network while the Canadian Grand Prix will be the second Formula 1 race broadcast on national television this season as NBC once again has the call. You can also catch the Moto II AMA race this weekend on NBC Sports Network (Moto I will air on FUEL). Below is the press release with all the details. 


Coverage Highlighted by Formula One™ Canadian Grand Prix Live on NBC at 2 p.m. ET this Sunday

NBC Sports Group Coverage of First Six F1™ Races Has Reached 4.746 Million Viewers, Up 137% vs. Last Year

NEW YORK – June 5, 2013 – NBC Sports Group will present 13.5 hours of motorsports coverage from Friday to Sunday, June 7-9, highlighted by live coverage of the Formula One™ Canadian Grand Prix on NBC at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday from Montreal. This is the second consecutive F1 race on NBC, following the live broadcast of the Monaco Grand Prix on May 26. Race day, Sunday, June 9, will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with a pre-race show and conclude with F1 Extra, a half-hour post-race show, on NBC immediately following the race.
Coverage from Montreal, Canada, begins with live practice on Friday, June 7, at 2 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Qualifying will air live on Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
In addition to Formula One coverage, NBC Sports Network will air coverage of AMA Motocross on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET and Stadium Super Trucks on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Fri., June 7F1: Canada PracticeNBC Sports Network2 p.m.
Sat., June 8F1: Canada Practice EncoreNBC Sports Network12:30 a.m.
Sat., June 8F1: Canada QualifyingNBC Sports Network1 p.m.
Sat., June 8AMA MotocrossNBC Sports Network5 p.m.
Sun., June 9F1 Pre-Race ShowNBC Sports Network1:30 p.m.
Sun., June 9F1: Canadian Grand PrixNBC2 p.m.
Sun., June 9Stadium Super TrucksNBC Sports Network2 p.m.
Sun., June 9F1 ExtraNBC4 p.m.
Sun., June 9F1: Canadian Grand Prix EncoreNBC Sports Network11 p.m.

COMMENTATORS: Leigh Diffey will call the race alongside veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Montreal, Quebec in Canada.

VIEWERSHIP: The six live Formula One races this season on NBC Sports Network (five) and NBC (one) have reached 4.746 million average viewers, up 137% over the same point last season (SPEED, 2.005 million), according to data provided today by The Nielsen Company.
NBC’s live broadcast of the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, May 26, was watched by 1.413 million viewers, making it the most-watched F1 race on U.S. television in six years, up 231% vs. last year’s race (SPEED, 427,000 viewers), and up 36% vs. FOX’s four-race F1 average last year (1.038 million), all of which were broadcast in the afternoon, one live (Canadian) and three on same-day delay (European, British, German).
NBC tallied triple-digit increases vs. SPEED’s Monaco telecast last year among the advertiser-coveted demographics Adults 18-49 (441,000 vs. 127,000, up 247%) and Adults P25-54 (654,000 vs. 160,000, up 309%).

F1 ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will live stream the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, May 26, as well as qualifying on Saturday, May 25, and practice on Thursday, May 23. A vast majority of coverage will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Coverage airing on:
  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBC Sports Network will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

F1 ON MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on Formula One™, IZOD IndyCar Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and all other motorsports racing from around the world. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBC Sports Network productions of F1 and IndyCar, including contributions from on-air commentators.
MotorSportsTalk’s content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:
  • Keith Collantine (@KeithCollantine), editor and creator of the F1Fanatic blog;
  • Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) creator of the F1 site
To explore the site, please visit or

SOCIAL: Follow @MotorsportsTalk@F1onNBCSports and @NBCSN on Twitter and “like” Sports for the most up-to-date news, videos and commentary about Formula One on NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network.
Commentator Twitter Chats – During the week of the Monaco race, F1 on NBC Sports commentators including @leighdiffey@mrstevematchett@mrdavidhobbs and @willbuxton will take part in various Twitter Chats allowing fans to get their questions answered from our very own experts.

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