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French free-to-air audience nears 1m for US Grand Prix

2019 F1 World Drivers Champion Lewis Hamilton celebrates after Grand Prix of USA in Austin, Texas (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Sunday’s Formula One United States Grand Prix was watched by an average of 936,000 viewers on TMC, the French free-to-air digital terrestrial channel.

The audience on the TF1-owned channel was equal to a 3.8-per-cent viewing share.

TMC’s audience peaked at 1.21 million viewers for a race that began at 8.10pm (CET). Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton lifted his sixth world title with a second-place finish in Austin, Texas.

The US Grand Prix was the fourth and final race shown by TF1 as part of its three-year rights agreement that runs from 2018 to 2020. All races are broadcast live in France by pay-TV’s Canal Plus.

In Germany, yesterday’s race was watched by an average of 3.23 million viewers on RTL, the free-to-air commercial network. The audience was equal to a share of 8.9 per cent.

RTL’s audience in the target sector of 14-to-49 year olds was 1.06 million (an 8.6-per-cent share).

Sky Deutschland, the pay-TV broadcaster, also aired the race live in Germany.