JR Comments on WWE’s Ratings Decline

– In his latest blog, Jim Ross addresses WWE’s ratings decline…

Lots of talk about Monday Night Raw’s last couple of TV ratings and them being lower than normal. There are two primary reasons for this matter, in my opinion. Monday Night Football provides immense competition on cable TV on Monday nights. ESPN/ABC has a huge investment in the NFL and they spend countless hours promoting each Monday Night Football contest. MNF on TV is a right of passage in America. ESPN battles with the USA Network for ratings supremacy and popping big numbers on MNF is the key to ESPN’s success from September thru January. The flexible scheduling is much more amenable to strong football ratings and that did not exist years ago. Bottom line is that football has seemingly become America’s game of choice and MNF still has significant cache as a brand.

Secondly, and this is the old promoter coming out in me, if the attractions are spot on and personal issues are hot enough to create ‘water cooler talk’ then more viewers are likely to tune into Raw. After doing approximately 600 episodes of Monday Night Raw, we knew we always had to battle MNF and even Nitro back in the day. We always strived to create compelling TV and to earn our share of the marketplace. We were fortunate that we had a deep roster of talented, experienced athletes who, in one form or another, clicked with the audience. WWE has some very talented individuals performing on Raw and some are involved in thought provoking storylines. But the biz in general needs new stars to become established ‘box office’ sensations and that simply doesn’t happen over night and honestly for some performers it will never happen.

Personally, I see WWE going through somewhat of a transition period as it relates to the development of new, top talents. I still enjoy watching Raw each week to see how quickly these younger guys evolve and accept the personal responsibility and challenge of becoming a main event star that draws ratings and sells tickets and pay per views. I’ve said many times in this space that the journey from debuting on TV until a talent makes it to the next level, if they do make it, is 3-5 years and particularly starting from scratch and with little or no experience.

Not having viable wrestling territories where a talent could ply their trade under a variety of philosophies and gain invaluable experience is a determent in today’s wrestling world when developing new stars. Does that mean that new stars can’t be developed? Of course not, but I do feel that the process to get from inexperience rookie to a PPV headlining main eventer is longer and more challenging.

I’m very excited about many young, WWE talents and feel with confidence that some will be headlining major events in their career. The question that I can’t answer is exactly when that will occur but until then I will remain patient and continue to enjoy Raw and any other program WWE produces including Friday Night Smackdown which moves to Syfy and emanates from OKC this Friday night. We’re talking a TV show here folks that airs first run about 51 weeks a year and producing a ‘hit’ every week isn’t possible. Can all programs be better? Certainly? Should wholesale changes be implemented? Not in my opinion. Rebuilding a roster takes time.

Bottom line is that I’m not nor do I encourage any one to consider pushing the proverbial panic button but I do feel that the lower TV ratings will motivate everyone in the process to try logical and different things while utilizing different people in unique scenarios.

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  • PowerUp 5000

    I commend JR 4 being Neutral. But MNF may have a affect on it but no excuse. Wrestling as a whole is just lacking. The story lines, booking, and micskills in Wrestling are at its lowest in yrs. WWE has become complacent in its Product in last 5 yrs. TNA has nothing 2 do with low ratings. I hope TNA and WWE get better, wrestlng fans deserve better product

  • DROC MAJAS

    I m all 4 the NFL,But Sumthins got to give.U Can t Have A Good Game On and At da same time have an Awesome Main Event on Wrestling . U miss great moments that way . So NFL And Ur MNF I say choose a different night. Not Monday or Thursday!

  • BigSteve

    If it wasn’t PG the storylines would be much more exciting and the action would be alot more intense with blood and more extreme matches.

  • Nazi killer

    DVR if you have cable or satellite. I watch football live and watch wrestling shows whenever. It.s easy

  • Nazi killer

    No. I just hate people who claim to be hitler or who claim to be sheamus. People like you are fake ass bitches!

  • NICK

    I’M THE KING HERE SO EVERYONE QUIET AND EDGE IS BETTER THAN CENA OR SHEAMUS THANK YOU

  • sheamus

    I’D GLADLY SUCK ANY OTHER GUYS DICK FOR THEM.
    ANY ONE UP FOR THE OFFER? ESPECIALLY JEWS.

    ONE OF THESE DAYS I’M GOING TO SUCK SHEAMUS’S WHITE DICK TOO!!!

    BECAUSE SHEAMUS IS A GAY ALBINO!!

    AND FUCK CENA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (SOMETHING I WISH I COULD DO)

  • DX4EVER

    The problem is that they drove off good wrestlers like Batista, but kept sh!t like the Nexus. Batista was one of the greatest wrestlers ever! I mean, just look at how many times he held the belt! But no, they want Cena, Nexus, and 619 to hold belts instead. Maybe they’re give someone good like Kofi the belt, but I doubt it.

  • Sandstorm

    Jr is a liar and can’t help but to insult our intelligence. Fuck WWE!~

  • Sandstorm

    Jr is full of excuses! WWE is a weak company and TNA is coming up!

    http://sandstormsvault.blogspot.com

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