NBC Sports Network says that its coverage of last Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg delivered a 0.26 HH rating in the United States – up 53 percent over the network's first race of 2012 (0.17) and the best for an IZOD IndyCar Series season opener on NBC Sports Network since 2009.
The race, won by James Hinchcliffe, had 388,000 viewers, a 78 percent increase over last year's season opener (218,000). It was also the second-best season opener for NBC Sports Network's IndyCar coverage (since 2009) behind the 2010 race from Sao Paulo, Brazil (410,000).
The IZOD IndyCar Series season continues on the NBC Sports Network with the Honda Indy Grand Prix Alabama on April 7 at Barber Motorsports Park at 3 p.m. ET.