The 2022 season of Progressive AFT racing was an exciting one to be sure. Even before the first tire crossed the starting line, there were questions surrounding which riders – and perhaps more importantly, which bikes – would be seeing the most checkered flags. New rule changes in the SuperTwins class restricted the performance of the dominant Indian FTR750s. AFT required that the Indians use air restrictors and reduced their rev limits, as well as strapping them with 20 lb of extra weight and requiring a lighter rear wheel to limit traction and acceleration on the dirt.
When all was said and done, while it was indeed a tight race to the crown with numerous twists and turns and jockeying for position, the Indian Wrecking Crew could not be contained, and factory rider Jared Mees held on to his title from last year, claiming his eighth career Grand National Championship.
And more fans were watching than ever before. Whether it was to see if Indian Motorcycle Racing could overcome the new restrictions or just a growing interest in flat-tracking racing, throughout the 2022 season, the fans tuned in to watch in greater numbers than previous years, with an all-time high of 3,377,919 total viewers. This walloped the 2021 numbers of approximately 2.32 million viewers. For more information, read the press release below from Progressive American Flat Track.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2022) – Progressive American Flat Track is thrilled to confirm a season of record-breaking viewership numbers. The sport reached an all-time high of 3,377,919 total viewers throughout the remarkable 2022 campaign, with 2,861,000 P02+ viewers tuning in to the sport’s debut season on FOX Sports alone.
The 2022 Progressive AFT season saw the series join forces with FOX Sports in a blockbuster new multi-year agreement, in addition to relaunching the popular FansChoice.tv livestreaming hub halfway through the year.
“We are thrilled by the response to this year’s coverage on FOX Sports and appreciate their commitment to helping us grow the sport,” said Gene Crouch, COO of AMA Pro Racing. “On the heels of this successful debut season on FOX Sports, combined with the relaunch of FansChoice.tv and next season’s action-packed schedule, Progressive AFT is well positioned for another year of strong growth in 2023.”
FOX Sports provided 150 hours of linear television coverage for the sport in 2022. FS1 showcased the sport to a hungry audience of fans, both old and new, in highly desirable time slots for each round’s televised premiere and followed that up with 133 re-airs on FS1 and FS2. As a result, the 2.9MM P02+ viewers tuning in to AFT on FOX Sports delivered the highest linear television viewership for the series to date.
Viewership totals for the 2022 Progressive AFT season:
- FOX Sports Viewers: 2,861,000 P02+ (an increase of 1MM viewers over last season)
- Television Exposure: 150 hours on linear television (up from just 23 hours in 2021)
- Total Viewership: 3,377,919 (all-time high)
To take an even deeper dive into the numbers, including age and gender demographics, website and social media metrics, and more, click here.
How to Watch Progressive AFT
FOX Sports and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of Progressive American Flat Track. For the 2022 season, all races will premiere in one-hour telecasts on FS1 during highly desirable weekend time slots. The complete schedule can be viewed here. FansChoice.tv provides livestreaming coverage of every Progressive AFT round.