Vince McMahon addresses WWE's viewership decline Submitted by Aaron Rift on 07/27/2020 at 09:04 AM
During WWE's annual shareholder meeting that took place earlier this month, Vince McMahon addressed WWE's decline in television viewership:
"We have a 30-plus year track record of creating compelling characters and engaging a variety of audiences, and we obviously remain confident we can continue that with our collective ability, even in the most challenging environments with no live audience.
The media ecosystem obviously has changed. We change with it. Our engagement metrics across platforms are understandably and obviously — however, the importance of linear programming is paramount in all of our businesses — we consistently have seen year-over-year increases in a variety of digital metrics and engagement. And positive trends have continued, even during COVID.
Conversely, TV viewership trends have been negatively impacted by COVID, obviously, and the lack of a live audience. We are still nonetheless the number-one television show on USA [Network] and consistently the number-one broadcast show on Fridays among key demos.
We expect a combination of valuable promotional inventory from our TV partners with the return of sports events programming. And a deep roster of charismatic talent will have a positive impact on viewership over the long-term." (quote courtesy of WrestleNomics.com)
WWE CEO Vince McMahon responds to a shareholder question about what the company will do to improve TV ratings, from the annual shareholder meeting on Jul 16.
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