Ex Con With A Heart Of Gold
Join Date: Mar 2010
Re: All SmackDown TV Ratings, Buys, Attendance, Draw Talk Here >> THE BLUE BRAND RATINGS WAR
The FOX execs who told the other FOX hotshots that successfully argued for the Smackdown that WWE was blowing smoke up their assholes with cherry picked "ratings increases" in 2016, 2017 and 2018 but that the long term trend for the company was in the toilet, well, they've got to be gloating right now. They're gloating and gearing up to rub it in their rival's faces this fall. Any ratings stumble will be seen in the context of that power struggle and oneupsmanship. It definitely looks like the doubters are right. FOX is not monolithic. I believe many people, possibly even the majority of decision makers at FOX, looked at viewership, live attendance, merchandise sales and house shows over the past 4 or 5 years before agreeing to the deal and said that pro wrestling was passe and would continue to dwindle in popularity yet they were outvoted or big-timed.
These numbers could be up 65 percent where they are now, and plenty of people at FOX would still be feeling angry at getting ripped off.
Edit: Tim Allen in his sixties doing this really cutting edge show, "Home Improvement, but the boys are replaced with girls" is getting better than double and occasionally close to triple what Smackdown is getting now. That's the viewership context.
Last edited by SPCDRI; 06-20-2019 at 08:24 PM.