It is not often that a new series ends up with a live slot on a UK terrestrial network, so that in itself is good.
I watched the race live, and the post-race ended up being rushed because of the safety car, which made the race run long for both TV and circuit use.
I have mixed feelings about WSeries, but the racing was pretty good. Given the problems many female drivers have in finding any sort of sponsorship for single-seater racing (Alice Powell, who finished second on Saturday, has not been able to drive in single-seaters for several years), any single-seater series not requiring women to show up with large bags of money is a good thing.
The past record of motor racing in dealing with women drivers is not a good one. Most of the women trying to break into top flight single-seaters have either been marginally talented but with lots of backing (Giovanna Amati, Milka Duno, Carmen Jorda) or have been talented but ended up being poorly treated by the sport on their way up (Katherine Legge, Simona Di Silvestro, Alice Powell, Pippa Mann). WSeries is a level playing field - a rotation of identical cars, engines and mechanics means that set-up and driving/racing skill will become the main determinant of success.
Yes, the commentators need to calm down (some of the gabbling seemed to be a triumph of words over content), and there need to be some human interest stories about the various paths that the drivers took to get to the series in the first place. They also need to do something about the car liveries, since many of them look way too similar. It's a balancing act between having a strong logo for the series as a whole (which is being funded centrally, so that makes sense) and the need to have some individuality for the drivers and their cars.
It will be interesting to see if the series can build this season.
It will also be interesting to see how other female drivers react to the series as an option. Sophia Floersch, for example, has been critical of WSeries, but she picked the wrong series to drive in this year (it was cancelled and she had to switch series), and now her racing series has its next round in 2 months' time, by which time 4 WSeries races will have been run, providing the winning drivers with publicity that she cannot hope to match.
It will also be interesting to see if WSeries can find a title sponsor for next year, and increase its racing to maybe include 2 races a weekend, or a large number of race weekends.
Right now, WSeries is no threat to any other series, but Formula E has previously given female drivers their own test day, and if the series captures the public's imagination, it may start to gain sponsors, and also show up the deeply introverted nature of F1 once again.