Highest Television Rating in U.S. Open History
AURORA, Ill. (October 26, 2005) ¿ The U.S. Open of Supercross, which aired on NBC for the second year in a row, earned a remarkable 3.1 overnight Nielsen rating for Sunday¿s broadcast.
Another milestone for Clear Channel Entertainment¿s Motor Sports division, the promoter and producer of the race held inside Las Vegas¿ MGM Grand Garden Arena, the U.S. Open was the largest-watched off-road motorcycle race in the U.S. since the 1998 Dallas supercross.
¿We are extremely happy to see that the overnight ratings are significantly higher than last year,¿ said Ken Hudgens, vice president of marketing and television, Clear Channel Entertainment ¿ Motor Sports. ¿We value our relationship with NBC. Their support of the U.S. Open is huge for the fans, sponsors, riders, and the teams.¿
The 2005 U.S. Open was initially scheduled to air immediately following the NASCAR event from Martinsville, VA. However, due to a record number of yellow caution flags during the race, the U.S. Open broadcast was not shown in its entirety. NBC has made a commitment to re-air the event on December 18, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. EST.
The 2004 U.S. Open of Supercross aired on NBC for the first time ever and earned an impressive 2.1 overnight Nielsen rating.
For more information on the U.S. Open go to www.ussx.com.
About Clear Channel Entertainment
Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE:CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including nearly 100 in North America and more than 30 in Europe. Each year, 69 million people attend approximately 32,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; museum exhibitions, and specialized sports and motor sports events. In addition, the company¿s independently operated athlete representation business, SFX, provides management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world¿s top professional athletes. Clear Channel Entertainment operates throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com and www.clearchannel.com.
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the THQ AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship Presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.