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‘Barrett-Jackson Live’ broke Velocity viewer records


Velocity scored top viewer ratings for its Barrett-Jackson coverage | Bob Golfen
Velocity scored top viewer ratings for its Barrett-Jackson coverage | Bob Golfen

The Barrett-Jackson Live broadcasts of the 44th annual Scottsdale auction broke TV viewer records to become Velocity’s most-watched series “among households, persons 2+ and men 18+ in ratings and delivery,” the Discovery Studios’ cable TV affiliate reported.

More than 5.1 million people tuned in to the six days of live coverage, Velocity said. The telecasts on January 13, 16 and 17 became Velocity’s three highest-rated primetime shows among men aged 25-54. The first five nights of Barrett-Jackson Live delivered the five largest audiences ever in primetime for the network for households of 2+ persons and among men 18 and older.

The coverage was a first for Velocity channel, which became Barrett-Jackson’s television affiliate this year. Previously, the auctions were shown on Speed and Fox Sports.


Our Scottsdale auction was an incredible, record-breaking event.”

– Craig Jackson  [/pullquote]

Velocity and its parent, the Discovery Channel, have contracted with Barrett-Jackson to telecast its collector-car auctions in Scottsdale; Palm Beach, Florida; Reno, Nevada; and Las Vegas.

Barrett-Jackson’s home event was held January 10 through 18, the longest auction in the company’s history with days added on to accommodate the sale of the huge collection of cars and automobilia from Chandler, Arizona, millionaire Ron Pratte. The high ratings for Tuesday, January 13, could be attributed to the first day of sales of Pratte’s cars. That sale also marked a Tuesday attendance record at the auction venue.

“Our Scottsdale auction was an incredible, record-breaking event,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and chief executive of Barrett-Jackson. “Not only did we shatter our attendance and sales records, but the fact that we became the top telecast in Velocity’s history in our debut event with them is something I’m really proud about.

“Our international broadcast in over 100 countries gives the Barrett-Jackson brand an even greater scope and we look forward to reaching new heights through our partnership with Discovery and Velocity.”

Velocity’s highest rating for the Scottsdale event occurred during the “prime time” Saturday sale of the auction’s top car consignments, including the high-end Salon Collection and the 30 best Pratte vehicles.

According to Velocity, “The Barrett-Jackson Live telecast on Saturday, January 17, from 8-10 p.m. ET stands as Velocity’s #1 telecast ever among households in ratings and delivery, the #1 telecast ever in delivery for persons 25-54, men 25-54, men 18+ and persons 2+, and the #2 rated telecast among Persons 25-54 (behind only the historic Space Jump Live in 2012).”


Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.
  1. Barrett-Jackson is kidding themselves if they think this was seen around the world on Velocity. Maybe it was, but not in Canada, where Velocity is not available. Canadians had to watch on-line, which relieved us from the extremely biased selections of which cars were covered on the TV broadcast, and the inane commentary.

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