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WWE's Issue Isn't Fans Leaving; It's Fans Not Watching

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Some of my followers on Twitter have asked me about a photo making rounds that shows fans exiting this week’s Monday Night Raw in North Charleston, South Carolina before the show was over. I can’t verify the validity of the photo(s) in question but they aren’t of concern. What is of concern is WWE’s lackluster viewership numbers that continued again this week.

As we reported, this week’s Raw averaged 3,054,000 viewers and saw declines each hour with the third and final hour dropping below three million to 2,850,000 viewers. The actual rating was a 2.15, which was good enough for the worst since the show went to three hours in 2012 and the lowest rated episode since 1997.

The company is attempting to combat the record-low viewership with gang warfare, something we updated on earlier here on However, don’t get carried away with fans possibly leaving early to beat the traffic. Those are fans that have paid for tickets and bought merchandise. What’s far more concerning is the amount of people tuning out or just not watching at all. If fans aren't watching, they aren't subscribing to the WWE Network, they aren't attending shows and they aren't buying merchandise.

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