Originally Posted by Wrestling Realist
TNa isn't growing in the ratings though. WWE has stagnated but i think they are down to their hardcore loyal fans who watch these days. I don't know how many times people have to explain the UK numbers to you though. I know about 20 people who watch TNA for one single reason; it's on at 10pm, it's on a free channel and they can't afford Sky Sports (to get WWE). Raw is on at 1am on a tuesday morning meaning most work so can't watch it live which greatly affects the numbers. In the US, you have to remember that WWE has to compete with NFL, with Raw ratings usually declining during Football season and they are now 3 hours long, which is hard to watch all the way through due to their lack of big name draws these days, Vince forgets that he doesn't have a roster with about 10 guys who could draw on their own (like he did in 2000). They are dropping overall, nobody is arguing that, but wrestling as a whole has declined since 2002/2003, this is why the attitude era is talked about so much, it's the last time most "casual" fans watched it. You want to use numbers then how about these; TNA struggles to break 1.0 in the United States. At the beginning of october, they hit their record low for an impact (0.84). WWE has an excuse with NFL and their 3 hour format (plus the trend of Raws drop being similar to NFLs rise - on oct 1st 1.6million tuned out of raw and oddly, NFL grew by the same number) but TNA has no real competition. This is was also the same week TNA had King Mo debut on impact, which means nobody cared and more tuned out that anything. TNA isn't doing as well as people claim unfortunately - ECW lasted around 9 years competing against WWE AND WCW and still managed to pull in better ratings than TNA does now. In the UK, ECW regularly competed with the last hour of monday night raw (in the late 90s Nitro aired at 9pm, Raw started at 10 and ecw 11pm) and ECW actually did quite well seeing as it overlapped with Raws final hour.
Anyway, Rob was spot on about the decline being wrestling in general, not just WWE.
Nexus n eights, i will stop you there. American market is the biggest market, so of course it's important. It's like saying because NFL airs in 100s of countries that they no longer care about the US population, that is simply not true and like WWE, NFLs CORE market is, and will always be, the US. American TV shows are ALWAYS produced for the american population first, no matter how many countries it is syndicated to, if the ratings decline in the US it gets cancelled, that's it. Also the two counties dropped WWE for TNA due to financial reasons as WWE wanted more money, so they chose the only alternative.
WWE is broadcast in over 30 languages in 145 countries whilst TNA is broadcast in 120 so you are right with that estimate but TNA comes nowhere near WWE worldwide, which is the only area of business that seems to have risen this year, this quarters live events were up, so it's not all bad news for WWE. There's a reason why TNA keep their financials private..