Those are great numbers, most of the top shows on cable do 500k-1m viewers
The reason why I am asking is because what is the metrics used for good ratings today. Let’s take music for example, back in 2000 if you sold 1m records u were seen as successful. In today’s digital age no one sells 1m records but there are a lot of successful artists out there.
I just think we have to take into account the damage digital media and social media has done to cable tv.
In 1998 when stone cold came on my tv it was must see tv and u wouldn’t dare miss it because I wasn’t sure if it would come on again. In today’s time if stone cold came on my tv and I was busy, I would simply skip raw and watch it 24 hours later on Hulu.
Also the rock is the goat but his show the titans only did 1.8 in ratings.
Smackdown live is no 1.
Until I see raw and smackdown fall out of the top 10 I won’t worry. The big worry for wwe is the low attendance record at venues in my opinion.
It's not about where their show ranks. It's about how much that show costs a TV network to carry vs how many viewers that show brings in. TV Networks want to make money. You can't make money by spending a ton of money on a show that doesn't bring in alot of viewers.
WWE needs to have ratings far above it's competition to justify what TV networks pay them for the show. Otherwise, what is the incentive for a TV network to keep them? USA could make more money putting reruns of The Office on during their monday night time slot. They aren't going to bring iin the same ratings as Raw, but they'll cost far less.
TV shows get cancelled all the time when the cost of the show far outweights the benefits of additional viewers. When a TV show becomes to costly to produce, it's generally cancelled. I see the same thing happening to WWE.
Nobody is going to pay them $1 billion dollars for similar ratings that got WCW and TNA cancelled.
And you make an interesting point about Musicians. Yes, fewer records are being sold now than in 2000. Therefore, you see far fewer record stores now, than in 2000. Many record stores went out of business. Same thing will happen to wrestling on cable tv. Since there are few fewer consumers of wrestling on cable TV, inevitably there will be less wrestling on cable TV. Now, perhaps it will be consumed in different medias (like WWE Network). But in your example, the record store is like Cable TV. It is delivering the product. If the product is no longer selling, the store goes out of business or changes what it sells. For Cable TV, I don't think USA will go out of business, but I do think they will have to change what they air on their channel