1 – 52k – The F1 Show (Friday, 20:00)
2 – 11k – The F1 Show (Friday, 22:31)
3 – 8k – Time of Our Lives: Grand Prix Greats (Friday, 19:00)
4 – 7k – Chinese Grand Prix Replay (Sunday, 10:00)
5 – 7k – 1983 French Grand Prix Highlights (Saturday, 21:40)
6 – 7k – Inside Track: Brundle and Hamilton (Friday, 23:47)
7 – 7k – Behind the Scenes with Lotus (Friday, 23:32)
8 – 7k – 1983 Brazilian Grand Prix Highlights (Friday, 21:00)
9 – 6k – The F1 Show (Saturday, 14:30)
10 – 6k – Inside Track: Brundle and Hamilton (Thursday, 21:46)
Another fairly hideous set of ratings for a non-race week outside of The F1 Show, with no content bringing over ten thousand viewers. The biggest disappointment has to be the classic race highlights. Yes, it is great that they are showing them, but it counts for nothing when promotion is poor and scheduling is not good.
I like watching classic races and all, but in the middle of primetime on a Saturday night? Not happening when the majority of people will be watching Britain’s Got Talent, Doctor Who or The Voice. A better option would to schedule Bank Holiday Monday as follows:
14:30 – 1983 Brazilian Grand Prix Highlights
15:00 – 1983 United Grand Prix West Highlights
15:45 – 1983 French Grand Prix Highlights
16:30 – 1983 San Marino Grand Prix Highlights
17:15 – 1983 Monaco Grand Prix Highlights
Extremely logical to have two and a half hours of back-to-back Classic F1 on a Bank Holiday seems fine, probably too logical for the Sky Sports F1 schedulers to consider. Consolidating to less than ten thousand viewers shows that something is going wrong somewhere. Promotion is an issue too, but that side is slowly getting better. For series’ like this however, there needs to be supplemental articles on the Sky Sports websites (retro 1983 articles) to give viewers a reason to tune in.
Elsewhere, the BTCC brought in 219,000 viewers on ITV4, a fairly low rating by its own standards, presumably a combination of Bank Holiday and good weather hitting the ratings.