Significant increases in television audiences and across digital platforms for the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 have capped a record-breaking year for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The viewing audience for Newcastle on Fox Sports jumped by more than 44 percent on 2017 with an extra 179,000 viewers watching Scott McLaughlin secure a maiden Supercars title.
Similarly, television audiences on Network 10 rose by 27 percent in metropolitan areas and 16 percent in regional, with 998,000 viewers tuning in for the last event of the year.
Audiences increased significantly across all broadcast partners, compared to the Newcastle event last year.
A summary of the television audience:
The cumulative average television audience of the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 was 1.583 million people
The cumulative peak television audience of the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 was 2.082 million
The average Saturday audience was 621,000 people; peak 834,000 people
The average Sunday audience was 877,000 people; peak 1.116 million people
Average audience was up 2 percent on Friday, 34 percent on Saturday and 29 percent on Sunday, for a total increase of 29 percent across the three days
Peak audience also increased by 18 percent total for the three days
Note: The above television figures represent the national Average and Peak audiences for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday Supercars telecasts, live on Fox Sports and Network 10, excluding viewers on the Foxtel App.
Supercars digital platform (website and app combined) had its biggest single day of visitation on record on the Sunday with 677,980 visits.
In event week there were more than 1.5 million website visits, 3.9 million page views, 24 million Facebook impressions, three million Twitter impressions and 4.2 million video views.
The announcement of the 2018 Supercars Champion alone reached more than 933,000 people on Facebook.
Increases in online engagement:
Website visits increased 12 percent compared to the 2017 Newcastle event week