WSOP Main Event Viewership tumbles 30%

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Posted on Nov 13th 2010  -  Subject: WSOP Main Event Viewership tumbles 30%

In what can only be called bad news, according to TVByTheNumbers.com, World Series of Poker Main Event viewership tumbled 30% from last year, falling to 1.563 million.  Last year, 2.2 million viewers watched the spectacle, which airs annually on ESPN. The only two major differences were that it was broadcast an hour later at 10:00 pm ET, instead of 9 pm ET and the different lineup of players that only had Michael Mizrache as a known pro versus Phil Ivey at last year's final table.

Despite the number of viewers declining in 2010, ESPN officials remained optimistic that poker would continue to be a cornerstone of the network’s programming. An ESPN representative told Poker News Daily, "We have seen some decline in our viewership this season and are looking into possible causes and solutions. Overall, the WSOP continues to rate well among our programs and Tuesday’s WSOP final table telecast was the third most-watched program of the night on ESPN.”

ESPN officials also noted that the streaming feed found on ESPN3.com were well received: “Our live streaming of the telecast on ESPN3.com, Saturday through Tuesday, delivered some strong numbers with 61,266 unique viewers for a total of 136,600 hours consumed and an average time spent of two hours and 14 minutes per unique viewer.”

Source: PND

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